The College is launching the RCPath “Patient Safety at Work” competition as part of a programme to raise awareness of the vital role pathology plays in supporting patient safety during World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2021.

This year’s theme is maternal and newborn care. The essay should be based on a description of a patient safety incident related to maternal and/or neonatal care. 

In line with Safety II approaches, the incident could describe normal, everyday, routine performance; exceptionally good performance or sub-optimal performance including near-misses, accidents and disasters. Please note that any work must be previously unpublished.

The Patient Safety Evaluation panel will act as the judges of the evaluation process.

Deadline for submissions

Please submit your entry by noon on 8 October 2021.

How to enter

Participants should submit their essay to using the patient safety bulletin template below.

download the patient safety bulletin case study template

Patient Safety Awareness Week Essay competition terms and conditions

The winner will receive a £200 Amazon voucher and the work will be published on the RCPath website.



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