Work packages of the PATSAFE project

The project is divided into five work packages (WPs) that have been structured to support achieving the project results, reflect the key findings of the SWOT analysis, to deliver maximum impact on the scientific excellence of ICM-UT and to contribute to the vision and long-term sustainability of the research and innovation activities of ICM-UT:


WP1 deals with project management to ensure effective operation of the project as well as timely delivery of high-quality results by coordinating the project in both administrative and technical terms. WP1 supports all partners and the implementation of all other WP-s.

WP2 is aimed at increasing the research capacity of staff as well as of participating institutions in the field of patient safety epidemiology: identification and measurement of risks and hazards, through staff exchange, joint events and trainings, implemented in cooperation of strategic partners FAD and IQ-HC. The WP2 is the first specific WP of the PATSAFE project, focused on the training of data collection methods in patient safety research.

This WP gives the participants specific knowledge and skills in risk and hazards identification and data collection methods for patient safety research to carry out further research in a manner expected by the international research community and various stakeholders in health care, policy and the general public/population at large. This WP also covers the methods for risk analysis and implementation research.

WP3 is aimed at improving the competence of research methodology in measuring the safety culture and patient involvement and patient empowerment for patient safety through improving knowledge and competence in appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods. The WP3 is the second specific WP of the PATSAFE focused on the research methodology used for the measurement of the supportiveness of the patient safety environment. As an outcome, we expect the validated research tool for the safety culture measurement.

WP4 is aimed at increasing the soft skills of ICM-UT ESRs in order to enhance the capacity of ICM-UT to develop towards to a successful research centre. WP4 focuses on the improvement of different soft-skills (e.g., writing of research proposals, mentoring, leadership, effective communication with stakeholders, etc) through training, practical exercise, and evaluation. The WP will be implemented via training sessions and cooperative practical activities and assignments of the partners. The acquired competences support the researchers’ individual development, institutional development, conducting research and translation of the patient safety research to clinical practice (which again supports further research and evidence-based approach). When successful, this WP will also contribute directly to the sustainability of further research training on patient safety at ICM-UT.

WP5 is dedicated to elaborating a long-term strategic development plan and involving relevant stakeholders to ensure maximum synergies with national and European priorities, maximize the effect of structural funds, make sure that research and innovation resources reach critical mass. Within this WP, the research and training needs and perspectives will be drafted to policy documents institutionally within ICM-UT and nationally, to support sustainable development of the field in the years to come. A national Patient Safety Network will be initiated, to partner with all stakeholder groups in Estonia and internationally.

WP5 foresees the detailed planning and implementation of dissemination and communication activities that will to support ICM-UT in extending its strategic partnerships and visibility among the professional community, as well as among policymakers and the general public. ICM-UT and the project will be promoted at national as well as international events and through other measures/channels (website, leaflet, articles etc.). The WP6 takes input from individual partners and all preceding WP-s.

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