SAS Doctors' and Dentists' Programme - Creating Psychological Safety



Psychological safety is a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking. It can be defined as "being able to show and employ one's self without fear of negative consequences of self-image, status or career" (Kahn 1990).  Psychological safety at work is needed in order to foster trust, creativity, collaboration, and innovation within and across teams, groups, and levels in an organization. In a healthcare setting evidence shows it improves patient outcomes.  This session will explore the importance of employees feeling they can speak up without the fear of making a mistake for innovation, learning and productivity. It will also discuss the key challenges faced in building psychological safety in the workplace and share techniques for overcoming them.

Learning Outcomes

During this session you will:

  • Learn the importance of psychological safety, understanding what it is, what it isn’t, and the impact it can have within teams
  • Identify specific skills to strengthen teamwork in order to withstand change and heightened stress
  • Gain practical ideas that will allow you to consider how to support the development of psychological safety in your systems.


GMC Capabilities

Domain 1 - Professional Values and Behaviours / Domain 5 - Leadership and Team Working


This session is only open to SAS Doctors and Dentists in HSC Trusts and Agencies 


Virtual delivery via Zoom by Fidelma Carolan, Senior Consultant, HSC Leadership Centre


Monday, 24 January 2022 (1.30pm – 4.30pm.)


To apply go to Course Dates & Venues Tab and click 'Apply'.


This session is supported by Department of Health.

There are currently no dates scheduled for this course, if you would like to submit an expression of interest please contact us.