Health secretary visits Royal Brompton

Jeremy Hunt addressing Royal Brompton staffJeremy Hunt, former secretary of state for health and social care, praised the Trust's commitment to transparency and ongoing improvement during a visit to Royal Brompton Hospital. 

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt gave a presentation to staff about patient safety during one of the Trust’s clinical governance days, which are regular days set aside for clinical staff to devote to study and knowledge sharing.

"It is an exceptionally good result that 90 per cent of your staff would recommend the care here." 

He was introduced by medical director Richard Grocott-Mason, who described the Trust’s approach to patient safety, particularly human factors training, which was delivered to 1,000 members of staff by the end of 2018.

Jeremy Hunt, who was accompanied on the visit by Dr Liam Brennan, president of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, began his presentation by telling the stories of public campaigners who have lost loved ones in hospital to preventable causes.

He told the audience: “It is an exceptionally good result that 90 per cent of your staff would recommend the care here. I was pleased to see in Richard’s presentation – right at the top – was a point about getting the right safety culture.”

Following the visit, Mr Hunt commented: “Staff at Royal Brompton are able to provide some of the NHS’s best care to some of the country’s sickest patients because of their open and determined approach to learning.

“I was delighted to join them and see first-hand how they share learning across their hospitals and use this to champion patient safety, an impressive approach which they’ve been pioneering for nearly a decade.”

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