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World Health Organization has designated the National School of Public Health, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Education, Research and Evaluation of Safety and Quality in Healthcare on 11th June, 2020. The Collaborating Centre is composed by a multidisciplinary team integrating professors, researchers, PhD and Master students, decision makers and frontline healthcare professionals. The Head of the Centre is Professor Paulo Sousa.

 

Research, Projects and Activities

As we all know, this was an atypical year due to all constraints arising out of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, some of the foreseen activities did not take place, others were postponed or suffered some delays. Nevertheless, this was also a year in which great and important steps were taken in the area of Patient Safety, such as the concrete action to eliminate avoidable harm in health care by adopting the first ever “Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021–2030” approved in the WHA held in May 28th, 2021. Moreover, 2020/2021 was also a period of adaptation and organization of our work group (as a WHOcc) which was greatly facilitated due to the good relationship created with WHO staff.

 

Planned activities for 2020-2022

a)To support WHO’s work towards the revision of WHO Patient Safety Curriculum Guide, an initiative lead by WHO and by colleagues of the Imperial College - Global Patient Safety Collaborative, Centre for Health Policy, Institute of Global Health Innovation;

b)To Support reinforcement and dissemination of the Framework on Patient Safety and Family Engagement

c)To support WHO’s activities towards the provision of capacity building on patient safety, mainly in Portuguese language.

d)Support the translation of WHO materials on patient safety and quality of care.

e)Support WHO in building capacity of national governments in planning, implementing and evaluating national quality policies and strategies (NQPS) in Lusophone countries.

 

ON GOING AND ALREADY DEVELOPED ACTIVITIES

a) WHO Curriculum Guide for Patient Safety participation, an initiative lead by WHO and by colleagues of the Imperial College - Global Patient Safety Collaborative, Centre for Health Policy, Institute of Global Health Innovation.

b)Participation in several meetings led by WHO and the Imperial College team - Global Patient Safety Collaborative together with fellow colleagues.

b) We have been reinforcing and disseminating the Patients for Patient Safety framework within the different health professionals and decision makers in Portuguese speaking countries.

c) – Together with ISQua colleagues and members of the Ministry of Health of Mozambique, have been developing the content and structure of a Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Course to be implemented in Mozambique. This course will be online, it will involve over 80 healthcare professionals, and it will be free of charge.

d)- Technical and scientific revision of the Portuguese version of National Quality Policy and Strategy framework, which is already available in the WHO website. Link here: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/272357/9789240005709-por.pdf

e) - Several meetings have been held with representatives of the Ministry of Health of Mozambique, the WHO representative in Mozambique and WHO Geneva in order to discuss how WHO and the National School of Public Health, as a WHOcc, can help Mozambique define and implement their own National Quality and Policy Strategy.

f)We are preparing the commemoration of the World Patient Safety Day, which will be spread through different international channels.

 

The 1st Meeting of the Minds on Quality of Care, organized by the Athens Quality of Care Office, Division Country Health Policies and Systems, WHO Regional Office for Europe took place in December 2nd and 3rd . In this meeting Portugal was represented by Prof Paulo Sousa and Prof Adalberto Fernandes from the National School of Public Health, NOVA University of Lisbon, Prof. Fernando Araújo, President of the Administration board of the university hospital of São João, Prof Válter Fonseca. Director of the Department for Quality in Health - General Directorate of Health, Dr. Alexandre Lourenço President of APAH and European Association of Hospital Managers, and by Dr. António Marques Pinto, President of European Association  of Junior Doctors.

The meeting served as the ideal forum for discussions of quality of care and patient safety issues that require openness, transparency, innovation and accountability for the transformation of health systems, health promotion and protection cultures.

 

The 1st WHO Meeting of the Minds on Quality of Care aimed to:

i) Produce a Compendium of applied good practices based on Member States’ response at national, regional or even local or facility level, during the COVID-19 pandemic as relates to quality of care and patient safety issues;

 

You can find the Compendium of applied good practices here.:

 

ii) Elicit the main elements of a roadmap/ framework for implementation of essential actions, to move forward on each one of the five thematic areas that form the focus of this meeting.

Theme 1. Innovation, cutting edge tools and good practices in the fields of quality of care and patient safety including digital health services

Theme 2. Partnerships, stakeholders’ engagement and establishment of supportive collaboration and mutual learning networks in the area of quality of care

Theme 3. Response during COVID-19 pandemic related to quality of care and patient safety

Theme 4. Patients’ perspectives on quality: enhancing patient-informed involvement and shared decision making in healthcare

Theme 5. Implementation and evaluation of evidence- based national quality of care plans/initiatives.

 

 


 

Supporting Portuguese speaking countries to adopt WHO National Quality Policy and Strategy framework

 

The Coordinator of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Education, Research and Evaluation of Safety and Quality Healthcare, Professor Paulo Sousa, is part of the WHO/ISQua working group for supporting  countries to implement the WHO National Quality Policy and Strategy framework.

 Some members of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Education, Research and Evaluation of Safety and Quality Healthcare were responsible for the technical and scientific revision of the Portuguese version of National Quality Policy and Strategy framework.

Link available here:  https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/272357/9789240005709-por.pdf

 


a) WHO Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030

Click on the following link for access the WHO Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030:

https://www.who.int/teams/integrated-health-services/patient-safety/policy/global-patient-safety-action-plan

 

After the World Health Assembly of 28th May, 2021, the delegates agreed on concrete action to eliminate avoidable harm in health care by adopting the first ever “Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021–2030”.

 

The WHO Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030 was presented on the 74th World Health Assembly in 2021 through the Executive Board at its 148th session. This was an historic moment and will provide for the first time a strategic direction for improving patient safety through the definition of seven strategic objectives, which can be achieved through 35 specific strategies.  This action plan is directed to all relevant stakeholders, namely to health care facilities, governments, international organizations, intergovernmental organizations and civil society.

WHO is now initiating the process of preparation of the workplans for WHO Patient Safety Flagship for the next biennium (2022-2023).

 


b) 17th September 2021- World Patient Safety Day

 

 

World Patient Safety Day was first established in 2019 to create awareness about patient safety, increase public engagement and to gather stakeholders in the health care system to work together and share engagement to improve patient safety. This will be the 3rd consecutive year of that campaign.

You can see all the campaigns in the following link:

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day

 

This year, the World Patient Safety Day will be focus on promoting global actions to enhance Safe maternal and newborn care - “Act now for safe and respectful childbirth!”

The National School of Public Health, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Education, Research and Evaluation of Safety and Quality in Healthcare will celebrate this day with a symbolic event.

Following the previous years, the signature mark of the global campaign is to light up iconic monuments, landmarks, and public places in the color orange.

 

Objectives of World Patient Safety Day 2021:

  • Raise global awareness on the issues of maternal and newborn safety, particularly during childbirth.
  • Engage multiple stakeholders and adopt effective and innovative strategies to improve maternal and newborn safety.
  • Call for urgent and sustainable actions by all stakeholders to scale up efforts, reach the unreached and ensure safe maternal and newborn care, particularly during childbirth.
  • Advocate the adoption of best practices at the point of care to prevent avoidable risks and harm to all women and newborns during childbirth.

 

More info in the following link:

https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2021/09/17/default-calendar/world-patient-safety-day-2021

 

 

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