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Safe in their Hands? Licensing and Revalidation of Safety-Critical Professions in Industry and Healthcare

Professor Rhona Flin
Professor of Applied Psychology, Aberdeen University

Date: 6 March 2007
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue: CARR Seminar Room, H615

Abstract

Trusting in the professional competence of others pervades lifestyles reliant on technological advances such as nuclear power, high speed transportation, invasive medical treatments. But how do we know that we are 'safe in their hands'? Effective safety management needs to incorporate competence assurance systems for staff in safety-critical positions. These are well established in certain high-risk industries but are uncommon in UK healthcare. With reference to current concern regarding the state of patient safety in the UK (Kennedy, 2006) and the recent publication 'Good Doctors, Safer Patients' (Donaldson, 2006), this seminar will examine the regulations and methods of licensing and revalidation adopted in aviation and the energy sector and consider their potential application to the medical profession.

About the speaker

Rhona Flin PhD, CPsychol, FBPsS, FRSE is Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen and Director of the Industrial Psychology Research Centre. Her research team specialises in the application of psychology to safety and emergency management in high reliability industries and healthcare. They study safety climate, safety leadership, crew resource management, non-technical skills and emergency management. Since 1987, they have been carrying out research with the offshore oil industry and now also work with nuclear and conventional power generators, civil aviation, the emergency services and acute medicine. Her books include Managing the Offshore Workforce, Sitting in the Hot Seat: Leaders and Teams for Critical Incident Management, and Decision Making under Stress.

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