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Developing ‘Human Factors’ Skills – London – POSTPONED

Tim Stephens Course Facilitator
Developing 'Human Factors' Skills
Stephen Tipper Course Facilitator
Developing 'Human Factors' Skills
April 1, 2020 7:30 am
April 1, 2020 4:00 pm
Room G.4 New Hunts House, Kings College London, Guy’s Campus, Newcomen Street, London, SE1 1UL



Improving Safety & Outcomes in Maternity Care

Exploring the vital role that non-technical skills play in improving team working, communication & patient safety. The basics of human factors training for the maternity care team.
6 Hours Relevant for CPD
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Relevant For

The course is ideally taught in a multidisciplinary setting and is relevant to all members of the acute maternity team including midwives, obstetricians, and anaesthetists. It is also relevant for allied health professionals (AHPs).

In numerous reports investigating maternal and neonatal deaths, and avoidable harm, a great deal of cases involved an element of substandard care. Teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills were cited as particular areas of concern.

The social skills of communication, team-working and leadership and the cognitive skills of situational awareness and decision-making are considered to be key ‘non-technical skills’ (NTS). Such skills are of particular relevance to the maternity care team, where multiple tasks are often required  simultaneously, the woman is usually awake, and the clinical circumstances may be complex and stressful.


The course will explore the vital role that nontechnical skills play in improving team working, communication and patient safety. The basics of human factors training for the maternity care team. It aims to improve maternity outcomes and staff satisfaction through development of individual and team human factors skills.


  • To develop an understanding of what human factors are and how they influence outcomes in maternity care.
  • To enable you to develop your own and your teams’ human factors skills.

Course Content

A one-day multidisciplinary course that will focus on developing ‘human factors’ skills in the delivery suite, with workshops in the following pertinent areas:

  • Key domains to discuss: situation awareness, team-working, decision making, leadership, giving and receiving feedback, stress and fatigue.
  • How do we identify these skills?
  • How do we improve these skills?
  • Multidisciplinary workshops.
  • Implications for clinical practice.