Professor Debra Jackson promotes patient safety in Open Lecture

Friday, 12 February 2016

Professor Debra Jackson

Professor Debra Jackson, professor of nursing in the Department of Nursing at Oxford Brookes and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, will be delivering her inaugural lecture on patient safety on Wednesday (17 February).

Hospital and other health services aim to provide safe, healing and therapeutic environments for patients and others during illness and incapacity, rehabilitation and recovery. However, patient safety continues to be an area of real concern nationally and internationally, in both acute and community settings.

Professor Debra Jackson said: “Despite best efforts, every year internationally, there can be thousands of episodes of care which may result in varying degrees of patient harm. In my lecture I will discuss how enabling the development of whole-of-systems cultures of safety, can provide sustainable and flexible strategies to reduce the risk of harm to patients, and promote optimal patient outcomes.”

The lecture entitled, ‘Promoting patient safety in acute and community settings: a whole systems approach, takes place on Wednesday 17 February at 6.00pm in the JHB Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus.

In my lecture I will discuss how enabling the development of whole-of-systems cultures of safety, can provide sustainable and flexible strategies to reduce the risk of harm to patients, and promote optimal patient outcomes.

Professor Debra Jackson, Oxford Brookes University

Debra is also the Director of the Oxford Institute of Nursing and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) officially launched last month as part of the start of the University’s 125 years of nursing education in Oxford celebrations.

OxINMAHR is a new research centre, undertaking research to benefit patients and help improve care experiences for patients, and which brings together the major organisations that contribute to health in Oxfordshire including the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust, Oxford Heath NHS Foundation Trust, and Health Education England Thames Valley.

You can find out more about OxINMAHR on their website.

Last month Debra was also awarded a Principal Fellowship by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) in Musculoskeletal Disease. These competitive awards are aimed at attracting, recognising, developing and retaining outstanding researchers.

BRU Director Prof Andy Carr said: “These awards represent recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to translational clinical research that has made major contributions to the lives of NHS patients suffering from a wide variety of diseases and clinical conditions.”

More information about Oxford Brookes' celebrations for 125 years of nurse education in Oxford can be found on the Department of Nursing's webpages, along with information on studying nursing.