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Monday 22 July 2019
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Dr Heather Gallie
Dr Heather Gallie

Uniting high risk industries to improve safety

An innovative conference uniting healthcare, the fire service and aviation will bring together three high risk industries to understand more about human factors and safety.


The Human Factors conference 2019 (HFC19) is an inter-agency event bringing together three industries with different risk profiles and exposure to human factors. HFC19 provides great opportunity to learn from others who may have more experience of human factors tools.


Dr Heather Gallie, Consultant Anaesthetist at Salford Royal and Human Factors Instructor, developed a Human Factors Foundation course for healthcare and fire service in 2015. She expanded the idea of inter-agency learning to develop HFC17 the first inter-agency Human Factors Conference for healthcare, fire service and aviation.


HFC17 and HFC19 aim to demonstrate the scientific basis for human factors theory and the application to the workplace by including speakers from the academic world who have developed concepts and those from industry who have applied them.


Dr Gallie said: “Human Factors is a robust, systematic analysis of all of the elements that affect performance with the aim of optimising performance and safety. It is therefore essential to safety.


“In healthcare we have a unique perspective and experience, which is valuable to understanding safety and sharing with others; we are not passive recipients. This conference will provide knowledge of human factors concepts and an opportunity to reflect upon one’s own practice in the light of that new knowledge. It will also enable us to generate ideas to take into our areas of work and training.”


Following HFC17, five Salford Royal anaesthetists undertook human factors instructor training with a plan to disseminate it within theatres and a team of Consultants have been developing a safety syllabus for Salford which will include human factors, quality improvement, team work and non-technical skills.


HFC19 is the only Human Factors event that is endorsed by the Civil Aviation Authority and is supported by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.


Dr Gallie will open the HFC19 event and deliver a session on ‘The concept of safety’.


The conference will be held at the Concorde Conference Centre, Manchester Airport on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May. For more information and to register your place, please visit www.hfc19.co.uk