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Students attend 1000 Lives Plus National Learning Event November 2011

Following the essay competition in November 2010, three lucky winners received the opportunity to attend the 1000 Lives Plus National Learning Event which was held in Swansea and St Asaph on 25 November.

A satellite link-up enabled the 300 NHS staff from both North and South Wales to participate in the day. Dr Alan Willson, who chaired the learning session in the St Asaph location, described the day as “a great success.”
Amy Nixon, a Nursing Student from Cardiff University said: 
"It was inspiring to see the real mixture of people - including Welsh Assembly Members and healthcare professionals- at the 1000 Lives Plus event. There was a real sense that the programme had been, and was massively worthwhile and the progress updates from different health boards helped put the achievements into context.
I was very pleased to discover that 1000 Lives Plus is so well supported by the Government. Hopefully this means there can be real improvements in health care - thousands more lives could be saved!
It's given me a real sense of responsibility and encouragement that I've taken into my work, as it shows that the smallest changes, things that often everyone can do, really can help save lives."
Ben Cosway, 4th year medical student from Cardiff University explained: 
"On the 25th of November, I had the opportunity to attend the 1000 Lives Plus National Learning event at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. I had never really had any exposure to the ideas of patient safety or quality improvement before; I only knew that the process of clinical governance is one way in which we can assess whether patients are getting the care they require.
However, at this learning event we heard about incredible advances being made in Wales, such as ensuring that patients meeting the criteria for thrombolysis are treated and that those at risk of venous thrombosis are anti-coagulated. All are simple interventions. All save lives. 
Rising to the Challenge
The Welsh Assembly Government has committed to minimising avoidable deaths, pain, delays, helplessness and waste in healthcare by 2015 and students can genuinely make a huge contribution to achieving this whether it’s by ensuring that compliance in hand washing or asking why the surgical checklist is not used in a particular operating theatre. We are a skilled army of activists dedicated to improving the lives of our patients.
Students Leading the Way
Throughout the Learning Event, it became clear that healthcare improvement is not the just the responsibility of those at the top. It’s the responsibility of everyone, including students. We are in the unique position of having more time to spend with our patients, more time to identify problems and more time improve patient care. This event has made me realise that we can genuinely make a difference."
Dayang Nur Hadziah binti Abang Saufi, 3rd year Occupational Therapy student from Cardiff University stated:
"I always believed the NHS to be extremely efficient, with its staff priding itself in caring for patients.
The National Learning Event made me aware that the system isn’t perfect, and there continues to be risk and harm faced by patients.
The 1000 Lives Plus programme aims to address these problems through its various initiatives.
As a future NHS worker, this event made me realise that we as students need to start making these changes even before we enter the healthcare system."
The runners up also received "Patient Safety" a ground-breaking book by Charles Vincent, one of the world's leaders in patient safety:

Last updated: 08/08/2011