Chris Hancock, MSc, BSc (hons), RGN, is a patient safety advisor and improvement leader working in the Welsh NHS. He manages the Rapid Response to Acute Illness (RRAILS) programme, an initiative that has enabled clinical teams throughout Wales to improve the identification and treatment of acute deterioration and Sepsis, in particular.
As an important step in this project, Chris facilitated the implementation of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) as the standard in all acute Welsh hospitals by 2013.
Prior to this, he led the Welsh Critical Care Improvement Programme (WCCIP), showing that reliable implementation of care bundles in all Welsh ICUs was associated with sustained reductions in central line infections.
He has sat on the Expert Advisory Groups for the NPSA Matching Michigan Study, the European Union IMPLEMENT Programme and the inaugural committee of the United Kingdom Sepsis Group (UKSG), and is a member of the NCEPOD Sepsis Study advisory group and the National Outreach Forum (NOrF) Executive Board.
Chris has a background in critical care nursing and clinical education. He is particularly interested in patient safety, quality improvement, measurement, behaviour change and human factors principles.