Demonstration of Safety in Healthcare Organisations

  • Mark A. Sujan
  • Michael D. Harrison
  • Alison Steven
  • Pauline H. Pearson
  • Susan J. Vernon
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4166)


The paper describes the current regulatory situation in England with respect to medical devices and healthcare providers. Trusts already produce evidence to the Healthcare Commission that they operate in accordance with standards set out by the Department of Health and the NHS. The paper illustrates how the adoption of an explicit goal-based argument could facilitate the identification and assessment of secondary implications of proposed changes. The NHS is undergoing major changes in accordance with its 10-year modernisation plan. These changes cannot be confined to the Trust level, but will have NHS-wide implications. The paper explores the possibility of an organisational safety case, which could be a useful tool in the management of such fundamental changes.


Healthcare Provider Medical Device System Safety Healthcare Organisation Hospital Information System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark A. Sujan
    • 1
  • Michael D. Harrison
    • 2
  • Alison Steven
    • 3
  • Pauline H. Pearson
    • 3
  • Susan J. Vernon
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUK
  2. 2.Informatics Research InstituteUniversity of NewcastleNewcastleUK
  3. 3.School of Medical Education DevelopmentUniversity of NewcastleNewcastleUK
  4. 4.School of Clinical Medical SciencesUniversity of NewcastleNewcastleUK

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