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    Join the Care Quality Commission (CQC) webinar as we launch our new five-year strategy and set out our ambitions for the future. This webinar will: Set out CQC's ambitions for the future. Hear from CQC's Chief Inspectors as they outline the headline strategy themes. Outline priorities for year one Have time for a Q&A session This one-hour webinar is aimed at to all those who fed back on the CQC strategy consultation. Register
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    Below is a list of substantive updates: • The clinical case definition and evidence summary has been updated in line with NICE/SIGN/RCGP guidance and recent advances in understanding of the condition. • A clear clinical pathway has been developed and is detailed here. • Further information on service design has been included, based on consensus of established services and NICE/SIGN/RCGP guidance. • A specific section on children and young people is included here. • Further developments on data and information are included here including minimum datasets for coding in p
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    Nearly one in five pregnant women in the UK were forced to wear a face covering during labour, according to research by a charity, despite official health guidance saying they should not be asked to do so. Women described feeling unable to breathe, having panic attacks or even being sick during labour because they were made to wear a face covering. The research was carried out by the charity Pregnant Then Screwed, who surveyed 936 women who gave birth during December. It found that 160 of those who went into labour were made to wear a face covering. This goes against current joint UK
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    Patients have come to avoidable harm after a large private provider failed to deliver thousands of medicine prescriptions, according to a report from the Care Quality Commission. Healthcare at Home, which is based in Staffordshire but provides NHS-funded care and medicine supplies to patients’ homes across the country, has been rated “inadequate” and placed in special measures. A report published today said inspectors found more than 10,000 patients missed a dose of their medicine between October and December 2020 due to problems caused by the introduction of a new information system
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    The chief medical officers of the four UK nations are set to warn about a surge in admissions of severely ill, very young children later this year, due to the resurgence of a respiratory virus which has been suppressed by anti-covid measures, HSJ can reveal. Public Health England modelling shows a possible sharp rise in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which can cause bronchiolitis, this autumn and winter, several senior sources said. The modelling shows between 20 and 50% more cases needing hospitalisation than normal, HSJ understands. Official projections conclude that s
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    The parents of a baby who died after medical errors are to push for a new inquest into his death, after they say a "cruel" inquest denied them justice. Hayden Nguyen died in 2016 after medics failed to treat an infection properly. However, despite the NHS trust admitting mistakes, coroner Shirley Radcliffe concluded the infant died of natural causes, after raising concerns about the hospital's initial investigation. Hayden was six days old when his parents took him to the Chelsea and Westminster hospital in west London in August 2016. He initially had a fever but rapidly deteriorated
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    Patients awaiting a diagnostic test are to be assessed according to risk of becoming disabled as the service tries to prioritise in the face of huge backlogs. NHS England guidance released yesterday said local teams should categorise diagnostic waits on a four-point scale so those in most urgent need are seen first. It said this would mean, “recognising that for less urgent or routine diagnostics, some patients may experience a delay”. The diagnostics data for February showed 1.15 million people waiting for a test, compared to 1.08m in February 2020 – however, the proportion of peopl
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    Key publications GuidanceEssential readingShared practice examplesTraining modulesHow to engage frontline staffPatient information.Follow the link below to access all of the resources available.
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    The broad aim of the webinar is to promote After Action Review (AAR) as a valuable tool to promote learning and patient safety improvement. It will: • Show how AAR can support, empower and enable teams to identify learning and good practice • Share knowledge on how to apply AAR for impact • Excite potential new users to adopt this approach Judy Walker, a leading expert in AAR and its adoption for impact in healthcare, will set the scene explaining ‘What is AAR, why is it so valuable and what helps successfully embed it in organisations.” To demonstrate that AAR is a practical an
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    Play video The key topics covered in this video are as follows: Why is high-reliability important in addressing avoidable harm? (at 4 mins 25 secs). How culture impacts on the implementation and use of incident reporting solutions (at 8 mins). How incident reporting rates have changed during the pandemic (at 14 mins 25 secs). Positive reporting and learning from success (at 16 mins 25 secs). The role of Board members and non-executive directors understanding of incident reporting and risk management (at 22 mins 50 secs). Considering the importance of B
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    Stuck in a lift This series of blogs has been characterised by writers of great wit and wisdom, with references to Socrates, Oscar Wilde and more. As the latest incumbent, I feel a great trust has been placed upon me to maintain the standard. That I plan to completely abuse by telling you about the time I was stuck in a lift in my underpants. For the sake of probity, I should point out that they were highly respectable underpants. The sort of multi-purpose item that is sold in high-end camping shops as suitable for underwear/swimming/signal flags. That information is entirely irreleva
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    The government is "fully committed to learning the lessons at every stage" of the pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. He told MPs an independent public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic would be held in spring 2022. The inquiry would place "the state's actions under the microscope", he added, and take evidence under oath. The inquiry's terms of reference have not yet been defined but would be published in "due course", he said, adding that the devolved administrations would be consulted. Mr Johnson acknowledged many bereaved families would want the inquiry t
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    Covid has left a toxic legacy for the NHS, with hospitals facing a huge backlog, putting lives at risk, patient groups and staff are warning. And in-depth analysis by BBC News has found: waiting lists have ballooned at some hospitals in England, with more than one out of every 10 of patients in a quarter of trusts left at least a year without treatment major disruption to cancer services, with some hospitals struggling to treat half of their patients within the target time of two months concern growing for 45,000 "missing cancer patients", after drops in GP referrals and
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    The East of England has been revealed as the worst-performing region for long ophthalmology waits, with almost half the waiting list at one acute trust already breaching the 52-week milestone. Eleven per cent of the region’s 59,000 ophthalmology patients had already been waiting more than a year for treatment at the end of February, compared to 6 per cent in London, the best performing region. West Suffolk Foundation Trust — which is in health and social care secretary Matt Hancock’s local constituency — had by far the biggest problem on this measure of any trust in England, with 42%
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    Virtual wards, at-home antibiotic kits and using artificial intelligence in GP surgeries are among new initiatives to be trialled as part £160m funding to tackle waiting lists in the NHS. NHS England announced the funding to aid in the health service’s recovery after the pandemic, after figures last month revealed the number of people waiting to begin hospital treatment in England had risen to a new record. A total of 4.7 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of February - the highest figure since records began in August 2007. But NHS England said indicators sugge
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