Published: 15 December 2015

Postgraduate students support patient safety in India

Assam Downtown University

The University of Liverpool’s Postgraduate School of Medicine has been providing training to a charitable organisation in India in an effort to help them keep patients safe from unintended harm.

Internationally, a number of all patients admitted to hospitals will unfortunately be unintentionally harmed in some way. To maintain or improve patient safety, error has to be prevented, recovered or at least minimised.

The Downtown Group in the north-eastern part of India, a charitable organisation that runs the Assam Downtown University and the associated Downtown Hospital, recently commissioned the Postgraduate School of Medicine to help with patient safety learning for its healthcare students.

Last week 86 Assam Downtown University students were awarded University of Liverpool certificates following their participation in a modular, blended learning course covering the essentials of patient safety.

The course has received excellent feedback, and as a consequence, the Downton University will be putting approximately 200 more students through from all healthcare disciplines to the project.

Professor Arpan Guha, who also works at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust as critical care consultant, said: “This project has been successfully implemented due to the support that my University colleagues have given me. In addition, colleagues from the NHS have freely given up their expertise in the construction of several of the modules.

“As far as we are aware, this is the first UK University supporting patients in this way and this adds to our vision of being a global University with international impact.”

In addition, a Patient Safety Hub has been set up in India where Professor Guha will help develop joint research projects that will benefit Indian patients.

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