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Systems/Complexity with Dr David Vaughan 

Date:  13 March 2018

Presenter:  Dr. David Vaughan, Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Children’s Hospital Group and Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician

Track 3:
 Patient Safety

What our Participants say...

"This was an exceptional talk and provided me with many tools and frameworks to inform the work I am leading both in system quality and risk. The major frameworks were presented in an integrated manner. I would welcome an opportunity to explore the application at a health system level. Thank you very much.”

Patricia McKernan
Director Quality, Risk and Professional Practice, Canada


"This webinar clearly outlined the importance of system analysis in identifying and solving problems in healthcare. I most enjoyed the beginning of the presentation and the presenter's analogy of a system failure with the space shuttle launch.”

Dr. Henry Markham
Clinical Advisor, Ghana

About the Webinar

This webinar is an introduction to taking a systems approach to minimise risk to patients in healthcare settings.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
• Name three components of the SEIPS (Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety) model.
• Explain how understanding systems thinking reduces the risk of harm to patients.
• List three reasons why healthcare is described as "complex" (ex. dependency of MDs on other providers, diversity of patients/providers, diversity of tasks being delivered, etc).
• Understand the complex structure of organisation using a system approach.

Intended Audience

All healthcare professionals.

About the Presenter

Dr. Vaughan is the Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Children’s Hospital Group comprising three Dublin children's hospital and a Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician. He previously was the Executive Director and Clinical Director of Quality and Safety for Hamad Medical Corporation, the national health system of the State of Qatar from 2013-2016.  

Dr. Vaughan was the Director for Leadership and Quality in RCPI, responsible for developing and delivering a Diploma in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare, directed at senior healthcare staff, (clinical and non-clinical) and led in the development of the National Quality Improvement Programme jointly with the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. 

He graduated from University College Dublin in 1992, undertook general paediatric training in Dublin from 1993-1998, and trained in paediatric critical care medicine in Seattle Children’s Hospital (1998-2000) and paediatric respiratory medicine in Texas Childrens Hospital, Houston (2000-2003). 
His research interests include determination of patient harm, optimal strategies to build capacity and capability for improvement amongst healthcare staff, and shared decision making with patients.