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Failure Mode and Effects Analysis — a local workshop for clinical staff

Benefits of the workshop

Some clinical staff are realizing that there may be a better approach to patient safety than carrying out root cause analysis of adverse events. The occurrence of the event means that a patient may have already had an unnecessary negative experience that could possibly have been prevented.

Our workshop on failure mode and effects analysis takes a more proactive approach to identifying, analysing and acting on high risk clinical processes. Clinical teams can use the approach to identify and address points in a high risk process where things could go wrong before anything actually does go wrong.

Intended participants

The workshop is designed for clinical staff and managers of clinical services who have responsibility for leading risk management and patient safety programmes in their services.

Clinical risk managers and clinical governance facilitators will benefit from participation in the workshop.

Learning objectives

The workshop helps clinical staff and managers understand the importance of being proactive about patient safety in day-to-day high risk processes. Participants learn:

  • the justification for the failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) approach
  • international evidence on methods of analysing high risk clinical processes
  • benefits and drawbacks of carrying out failure mode and effects analysis in a systematic way
  • a practical approach — represented by the acronym P–R–E–V–E–N–T — to carrying out failure mode and effects analysis with explanations of practical tools to carry out each stage in the analysis
  • how to put together a team to carry out failure mode and effects analysis and organize the work
  • how to report on a failure mode and effects analysis.
Venue and programme

To involve as many clinical staff as possible, we offer the workshop at a local level and at a time most convenient to the participants. We travel to your organization to provide the workshop.

The workshop includes presentations of principles and small group work. Small groups practise carrying out all the stages of a FMEA, for an actual adverse event, using a number of practical FMEA tools and making decisions about how a FMEA might be carried out in their clinical teams. The workshop starts at 9.15 am and ends at 4.30 pm.


Each participant receives a copy of an 80–page book that includes principles, step-by-step guidance, examples, published evidence related to FMEA and practical assignments to do in the workshop. Certificates of participation in the workshop are provided.

What clinicians say about the workshop

Clinician comments on the workshop include:

'This is a useful tool to improve the organization's risk management process'

'The workshop showed me the need for quality/safety improvement projects'

'Group work on practical situations was very helpful but in general the whole day was very interesting'

'It showed that the issues you might think would be most important for failure modes are not necessarily those that score highly and that a structured method of analysis is valuable'

'Gives an excellent framework, found this a useful use of my time'


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