We are an independent campaign group (registered as a charitable trust) which aims to stimulate dialogue and demonstrate through concrete action how a better understanding of the role of human factors can have a significant impact on safety, quality and productivity in healthcare.
CHFG is a broad coalition of healthcare professionals, managers and users of services who have partnered with experts in human factors from healthcare and other high-risk industries to campaign for change in the NHS.
Our vision is of a healthcare system that places an understanding of human factors at the heart of improving clinical, managerial and organisational practice leading to significant improvements in safety and efficiency.
To work towards achieving this vision, CHFG’s ‘Manifesto for change’ focuses on three crucial areas:
- Human factors education and training
- Building ‘high reliability’ organisations
- Intelligent regulation and independent investigation
What are Clinical Human Factors?
Dr Ken Catchpole, a human factors expert who has done much work in healthcare has provided this brief definition: “Enhancing clinical performance through an understanding of the effects of teamwork, tasks, equipment, workspace, culture, organisation on human behaviour and abilities, and application of that knowledge in clinical settings.”
For more on discussions around the subject of defining clinical human factors, follow this link.