The Importance of Foresight

Foresight is the ability to identify, respond to, and recover from the initial indications that an incident could take place.

It involves the ability to recognize potential risks, in order to intervene.

When it comes to healthcare, it is the ability to recognize the potential risks within the healthcare system. These risks can come from many sources.

One of the most useful tools for gaining foresight used by the NHS is the use of patient story analysis, looking at what went wrong, why it went wrong, what sources of risk were involved, and ideas for preventing a reoccurrence.

Often training of new doctors and nurses involves foresight training, designed to impart the wisdom of those who have been in the job long enough to see and learn from incidents, on to the ‘rookies’ so that they do not need to make or witness the same mistakes in order to ‘see them coming’ and do something about it.

At Mothers' Instinct, we believe that parents are part of the team when it comes to their child’s healthcare needs. With this in mind, just as healthcare professionals learn from and develop foresight from patient stories, so too, we believe, should parents.

In this section, you will find patient stories that have kindly been written by bereaved parents to be shared with you.

As a group, we have also put our heads together and summarized our ‘top tips’ for parents, which comes from our experiences.

The NHS professionals we have spoken to about this section are supportive. You can trust that following our advice should not be frowned upon by any doctor or nurse involved in your childs care.