Proactive Hazard Analysis for Risk Managers
For the risk manager, Prospective Hazard Analysis should be, if not a familiar term, certainly a familiar concept. Estimating the probability or frequency of hazardous events as well as rating the impact of severity of the consequences is a normal part of risk management practice. FMEA (failure modes effects analysis) is one such method covered by the definition of literally hundreds of prospective hazard analysis techniques.
This project seeks to engage risk management in the concept of prospective hazard analysis applied to healthcare. This involves interviewing risk managers as to any prior experience with current methods of PHA whether attained through work in healthcare or elsewhere and their requirements for PHA methods applied to healthcare. This will focus on any particular features of the organization in which they work which may make PHA challenging and whether these can be addressed with our support. We also welcome their feedback as to any particular healthcare processes that may be particularly risky or are currently undergoing review or change and that they may want us to consider as a collaborative case study. In this, we would welcome the identification of senior clinicians who are willing to be involved in the project (see the clinician’s involvement page for more details).
For the risk manager, this project can be seen as supportive of your work and an opportunity to be involved in research demonstrating your organisation’s commitment to patient safety. It also provides you with the benefit of “getting ahead of the game” and being part of the Prospective Hazard Analysis concept at an early stage of its inevitable implementation in healthcare. This allows you to be supported by the research team to learn and implement PHA techniques on the problems you are having in your organization. The results can be used by you as part of your risk assessment work.