The exciting new Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare (CARe) is funded by Guy’s and St Thomas Charity over a three year timescale from August 2013 and is a collaboration between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.

Risk management in healthcare has been dominated by reporting and analysing adverse incidents. This is reactive, views humans as unreliable and defines safety as the absence of something bad.

Recently safety researchers have argued that we need to focus on how healthcare practitioners actively create safety in the dynamic and complex environments in which they work. Then we can put resilient systems in place and seek to understand how to support the adaptive strategies used by practitioners.

Centre staff will be involved in projects in different clinical areas including Emergency Medicine and Older Persons’ Care and will focus on good practice, adaptability, flexibility and problem solving, the ability to recover when something does go wrong and provision of supportive organisational cultures.

For more information contact Dr Janet Anderson


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Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare (CARe) will be holding a Resilience in Healthcare Masterclass 7-8 May 2015


Keynote Talk from Professor Erik Hollnagel

One and a half day course aimed at researchers and health professionals who want to learn how to apply resilience engineering concepts to improve care quality and safety. The interactive masterclass, delivered by academics and healthcare professionals, will include an overview of resilience engineering principles and show how these can be applied to improve the quality of patient care.

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