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IHI Patient Safety Executive Development Program

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The Patient Safety Executive Development Program can help you provide clarity and direction to health care organizations on the key strategic, clinical, and operational components involved in achieving safe and reliable operational excellence — a “system of safety.”

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What You Will Learn
1. Assess your organization and/or area of responsibility’s culture of safety​​​​​​
  • ​Use diagnostic tools to measure:​​​​

Leadership ​Psychological Safety ​Accountability
Teamwork​ ​Negotiation ​Transparency
Reliability​​ ​Measurement ​Continuous Learning

  • Determine which data currently generated by your organization is most relevant to measuring a culture of safety, and which additional data could be captured​

2. Design a strategic patient safety plan tailored to your area of responsibility
  • Develop new systems for continuous learning including learning from what works and what harms
  • Construct new systems that accommodate for human factors and team resource management principles to reduce harm, errors, and mortality within your organization​

3. Implement proven changes that improve the culture of safety throughout your organization/area of responsibility
  • Generate buy-in from the executive and board-level leadership in your organization — a senior leader from your organization is invited to help develop its strategic plan
  • Apply a sustainable, systemic culture of safety — not just a collection of stand-alone safety improvement projects — to your organization/area of responsibility​


“[This program] helps people understand their full responsibilities as patient safety leaders. Attendees consider it a transformational experience. They bring the inspiration back to the organization and continue to live it.”

Barbara Crawford, RN, MS
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan & Hospitals

"The best quality improvement and leadership training programme I have attended. The teaching was excellent but the strongest aspect was getting to meet so many participants doing amazing work from across the globe."

Rob Bethune, MRCS

Surgical Registrar, Seven Deanery, Bristol, UK; 
Clinical Advisor, South West AHSN​

"When you're looking at safety culture, just culture and accountability articles, the people who are the 1st / 2nd / 3rd authors - they are the ones teaching this course. You get to talk to them about their experience, you get to challenge them and they'll challenge you."

Evan Hochberg, RN, MBA,
Lead Patient Safety Consultant
Children's National Health System​

"The program is an excellent experience for either novice or experienced patient safety professionals. A mature learning experience taught by the best faculty."

Ezequiel Garcia Elorrio, MD, MSc, MBA, PhD
Director, Quality and Safety
Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy​

"After hearing the dynamic presentations and excellent speakers at the [Patient Safety Executive Development] program, I am empowered and inspired to continue with the necessary changes to help pull our facilities into Patient- and Family-Centered Care."

Chrissy Miller, RN
Patient Safety Officer
Mission Hospitals

Who Should Attend

This program is intended for those responsible for implementing and maintaining a patient safety program in an organization, hospital, department, or inpatient or outpatient facility, including:​

  • ​Patient Safety Officers
  • Quality Leaders​
  • Risk Managers​
  • Infection Prevention​
  • Staff Nurse Executives​
  • Nurses​
  • Managers / Directors​
  • Department Heads​
  • Administrations​
  • Pharmacists​
  • ​Physicians​
  • Individuals in a Safety Oversight Role

About the Patient Safety Executive Development Program
Now in its 18​th year, this program unites experienced clinicians from around the world with IHI faculty who are trusted experts in the field. The concepts taught are informed by deep experience in guiding organizations in their patient safety improvement efforts.
Learnings from this program have been applied in many settings — in acute care, ambulatory care, home care, long-term care, in the community, in the military, and more. Additionally, alumni of this program join a global network of 3,000+ other alumni of the program, who have applied strategies they learned in a variety of health care settings.

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