The Resilient Health Care Net

Health is more than the absence of disease”
Safety is more than the absence of risk”

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In recognition of the continued interest for the use of resilience engineering in health care, the Resilient Health Care Net is pleased to announce a second workshop to be held on August 26-28 2013. The place is
the Hindsgavl Castle in Middelfart, Denmark.
The meeting has been extended by one day, relative to the meeting in 2012. The meeting will start in the morning of August 26 and continue until the afternoon of August 28.
A tutorial (topic to be decided) will be arranged in the afternoon of August 25. The tutorial is free of charge, although participants will have to share the cost of the room and refreshments.
If there is sufficient interest, it will also be possible to organise visits to Danish hospitals in the region. If you are interested in this possibility, please send us a note.

We usually think of safety by referring to its opposite, namely the lack or absence of safety. In the traditional view of safety, called Safety I, safety is defined as the absence of accidents and incidents or as the ‘freedom from unacceptable risk.’ In consequence of that, patient safety research and management has focused on unsafe system functioning rather than on safe functioning. Resilient health care, on the other hand, assumes that things go wrong or right for the same basic reasons. This represents an alternative view of safety, called Safety-II, which defines safety as the ability to succeed under varying conditions. In Safety-II, the study of the variability of everyday functioning is the necessary prerequisite for the understanding of how performance can be safe, both on the levels of the individual and of the organisation.

The theme of this year's workshop is 'The resilience of everyday clinical work'.
There are two important reasons for choosing this theme. Firstly, to emphasise the importance of studying and understanding how work is actually done. And secondly to initiate a discussion of how health care can be improved - be made safer and more efficient - by starting from things that already go well.
You can find the final programme for this year's workshop here.

Workshop Format
The workshop will be a single track event with ample time for discussions. The format will follow the principle of ‘long discussions interrupted by short presentations’.

How to register and pay
A web-based registration and payment  service is available here.
If for some reason you are unable to get this to work, please contact <[email protected]> who will be happy to assist you.

Joint dinners will be organised at the castle on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th. The price for each dinner is DKK 270.00. Please remember to sign up for these as well. The food is excellent, and the company is outstanding.

Additional nights are available for 950.00 DKR/night single room and 1.150,00 DKR/night double room. Additional nights can be booked depending on availability and should be arranged directly with the castle but only after registering for the workshop.
Accommodation. The meeting place will be the Hindsgavl Castle. A limited number of rooms has been prebooked at the above preferential rate. First come, first served.
For other types of accommodation in Middelfart, please refer to the tourist pages for Middelfart.

For air travel there are two possibilities.
One is to arrive at Copenhagen Kastrup Airport. There are direct trains from the airport to Middelfart every 30 minutes. Travel time is around 2.5 hours.
The alternative is to travel to Billund airport in Jutland and then travel on rental car or a combination of bus and trains.

The first workshop has been documented in the book Resilient Health Care, which will be published by Ashgate in the spring of 2013.

Inquiries and further information
If there is anything related to the workshop that you would like to know more about, either with regard to the contents or the practical details, please contact <[email protected]>

Programme Committee
Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite (Australia)
Dr. Göran Henriks (Sweden)
Professor Erik Hollnagel (Denmark)
Dr. Rob Robson (Canada)
Dr. Robert Wears (USA)

Further information will be posted on this webpage as it becomes available.