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Analyse the nature of risks in healthcare and critically discuss the role of managers in minimizing and managing risks
Pages 12 (3012 words)
Management of Risks in the Health Care Industry Introduction In the field of health care, there are a number of risks that are inherent in the system. These risks might be health related, as health care professionals may commit some kind of malpractice with regards to their patients, or the patients might suffer some kind of infection that is carried in a hospital.
These risks can be mitigated in a number of different ways. Every health organization needs a system of risk management – they need to be able to identify the risks, quantify the risks, prioritise the risks, then mitigate and manage these risks. Management needs to be able to delegate risk management to experts, because management tends to try to do too much. They need analysts who can help them with this, and these analysts need to be within the management flow. At the individual level, management needs to be able to coach, mentor and motivate; at the group level, the management needs to be able to build teams and resolve conflicts; and at the organizational level, the management must be able to build culture. Building culture is important, because if an organization has a culture of risk management, then this organization will be ahead of the curve on risk management – this means that risk management permeates every aspect of the organization. Because organizations themselves can have risks, as opposed to personal risks, and this is where the very organization encourages risky processes either inadvertently or on purpose. ...
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