Patient safety is a complex area with a range of specialised tools and sophisticated theories, but the principles that underly it are relatively straightforward and applicable to many areas of care.

The key challenges of effective patient safety training and education involve creating practical, relevant and engaging training that is directly applicable to practice and that supports healthcare professionals in their daily work activities.

A range of different approaches to training and education have been developed across many areas of care. These include basic introductory courses for different professional groups, using case studies and traditional class-room based teaching.

More innovative approaches to safety may include rich simulation training in specialised simulated environments where all professional groups train and learn together how to improve the safety of their collective work.

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