The All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) joins the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre (AWTTC) and health care professionals across the world in supporting World Patient Safety Day 2020. The aim of World Patient Safety Day, which is marked annually on 17 September, is to promote and increase public awareness of the measures being taken in the interest of patient safety.
The theme of this year’s World Patient Safety Day, Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety, is more relevant than ever due to the huge challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recognising patient safety remains a priority for AWTTC, with World Patient Safety Day providing an opportunity to promote the multidisciplinary team’s work to improve the safety of medicines and provide education in medicines safety across Wales.
Appropriate support and accurate advice on safe medicines use is essential for maintaining health worker and patient safety. Yellow Card Centre Wales (YCC) plays a vital role in supporting the safety of medicines for patients in Wales. The work of YCC Wales includes providing education in medicines safety for health professionals and patient groups, along with promoting suspected adverse drug reaction reporting via the Yellow Card Scheme.
AWMSG joins AWTTC and YCC Wales in celebrating World Patient Safety Day to promote a strong safety culture that ensures health care professionals feel comfortable and confident to discuss and report errors and adverse effects. Reporting is a crucial part of patient safety, providing the opportunity to learn and make practice safer.
For more information about YCC Wales and AWTTC visit: www.awttc.org