Richard Clark, Clinical Skills & Non-Technical Skills Teacher

Richard Clark@NHS from 31/7/17 – 04/08/17

Job title: Clinical Skills & Non-Technical Skills Teacher
Place of work: Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Twitter@ClarkRichardJ / @PtSafetyZone

Hello, my name is Richard and I am a 38 year old husband to my wonderful wife, Laura and father of two amazing children, Harry aged 3 years and Emma aged 3 months! I am currently employed as a Clinical Skills & Non-Technical Skills Teacher within the Medical Education Department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH) I have held this post since 2011. I am passionate about both patient safety and human factors and their relation to each other.

I qualified as a nurse in 2002 after graduating from the University of Sheffield with an advanced diploma in nursing studies, I spent my formative years on an acute emergency admissions department. I have gained most of my clinical experience in the acute care setting and still enjoy the variation and diversity that comes with this kind of role.

Within the last year I have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership via the NHS Leadership Academy as well as completing an MSc in Healthcare Education at Sheffield Hallam University.

As part of my role I have helped lead on developing simulation across STH with a focus on human factors/ergonomics by delivering regular teaching sessions to help develop both non-technical skills and interventions with the aim of improving the safety of our patients. Interventions such as the Patient Safety Zone (@PtSafetyZone) and Focused Safety Huddles. Human factors, which is engrained in all aspects of life, is derived from the disciplines of both psychology and engineering and when properly understood can have a positive effect upon the care we deliver to all patients. This week, I look forward to sharing with you all what I am up to and look forward to answering your questions and hopefully inspiring one or two of you along the way!

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