Who are we?


The Patient Safety Academy has been formed from collaboration between two research groups in the University of Oxford, with expertise in patient safety, human factors/ergonomics and improvement science; the Quality, Reliability, Safety and Teamwork Unit (QRSTU) and Oxford Simulation Teaching and Research (OxSTaR). The Patient Safety Academy is funded by Health Education England Thames Valley (HEETV). Together we are working to prioritise training and support for NHS staff in the Thames Valley. We offer training and support to healthcare professionals in the application of human factors/ergonomics to their work. 



Project support involves provision of human factors patient safety training to all team members involved in a project. The PSA team provide support which enables the staff to choose the areas of concern they want to focus on, work together to generate potential solutions and then trial these solutions.  The result is staff –led projects with improvements which fit their service and with successes and learning they can share with other teams. See projects page here.


Half day introductory courses


These half day courses provide an introduction to the fundamentals of human factors in healthcare.

Introduction to Human Factors – aimed at allowing individuals to use basic human factors methods to understand their workplace and make improvements

Two day advanced courses

There are three types of courses available, aimed at providing a high level of training appropriate to staff with specific remits for patient safety or quality improvement 

The courses available are as following:

Human Factors based Incident Analysis course – aimed at those in clinical governance roles at hospital or regional level 
Train the trainers course – aimed at those tasked with disseminating learning about Human Factors and safety; will develop participants as educators, with a more in depth knowledge of the subject matter 
Managing Improvement Projects course - aimed at multidisciplinary clinical staff and managers wanting to run projects which address specific issues in their organisation. It will focus on systems analysis, staff engagement and quality improvement techniques