Bowtie Analysis as a prospective risk assessment technique in primary healthcare

McLeod, R. W. and Bowie, P. (2018) Bowtie Analysis as a prospective risk assessment technique in primary healthcare. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 16(2), pp. 177-193. (doi:10.1080/14773996.2018.1466460)

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Despite repeated calls for the use of proactive assessment of serious significant events in primary healthcare, GP teams in the UK rarely apply the kind of formal methods of prospective risk assessment that are commonly used in high-hazard industries. NHS Education for Scotland (NES) conducted an exploratory workshop to assess the potential value of Bowtie Analysis (BTA) as a means of proactively identifying and assessing the controls relied on to protect against the risk of a potential primary care ‘never event’. It was concluded that BTA could provide a straightforward approach to engage frontline care practitioners and managers in proactively assessing risk. However, concerns remain about the level of training, support and resources that would be required for the healthcare community to be capable of conducting BTA to an adequate quality standard without having to rely on external facilitators.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Public health, environmental and occupational health, health policy, health (social science), safety research.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bowie, Dr Paul and McLeod, Mr Robert
Authors: McLeod, R. W., and Bowie, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Policy and Practice in Health and Safety
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1477-4003
Published Online:09 May 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Policy and Practice in Health and Safety 16(2): 177-193
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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