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Addressing the need for consistent, standard health care safety education in the Commonwealth

A core premise of the Roadmap to Health Care Safety for Massachusetts is “everyone plays a role in safety,” yet no standards exist for the essential knowledge that leaders, clinicians and staff need to carry out their respective roles. Medical education and other training rarely provides an adequate foundation in health care safety principles for translation into practice. Informational resources to fill these knowledge gaps are limited.

The Betsy Lehman Center is leading the development of first-in-the-nation:

  • Educational standards on safety for licensed and certified health care professionals and leaders of licensed facilities; and
  • Statewide curriculum on health care safety basics that meets the diverse informational needs of health care leaders, clinicians, and staff in a variety of clinical and non-clinical roles and settings.

The Center has convened an expert advisory committee that will build off the extensive preliminary work of earlier task forces of the Massachusetts Health Care Safety and Quality Consortium. It will recommend educational standards, curriculum design and delivery, and an approach to implementation of both.

Task Force charter

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