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Steve Turner


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About Steve Turner

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    Registered general & mental health nurse prescriber with a background including clinical education & governance, social policy, and information technology. Keen on delivering patient-led care. Now retired & writing on my experiences.
    Digital profile: https://linktr.ee/stevemedgov
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    Founder of Care Right Now CIC
  • Role
    Managing Director - Now retired

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  1. Content Article
    Everyone who works in health and social care should listen to this podcast in full. I've followed Will's search for justice and I am proud to know Will. A man of great integrity who is campaigning for an individual #dutyofcandour in #healthcare, for the benefit of us all. I remain shocked, when I teach on this, how few know Robbie's story. There has been so much lost learning, a failure of accountability, and a failure to deliver an effective statutory duty of candour. For me, this appalling story of failure and cover up highlights clearly why we have to recognise the value of w
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    Another important article behind a paywall, which is linked to longstanding problems. This article needs to be opened up to the public. I hope the mainstream media and the regional and local media pick this up.
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    I am so saddened to read yet another report on failings that, if seen and acted on in isolation, will not lead to the systemic changes that are needed. I agree with the conclusion. The approach to patient safety needs to change. This is the 'modernisation' our health and social care services desperately need. No more 'lessons will be learned' statements without follow up, and no more 'sorry-not-sorry' apologies, we need radical patient-led change, transparency, and accountability.
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    This potentially looks very helpful. Preventable deaths tracker:
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    This is a joint consultation published by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Ministry of Justice. The Mental Capacity Act applies in England and Wales, but some aspects of its application are devolved in Wales. The Welsh Government has therefore informed this consultation. The LPS will apply to people over the age of 16, and the Department for Education has been involved in the development of this new system. This briefing paper from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) provides a summary of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, an amendment to the Mental Ca
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    It's a pity this article is behind a paywall. In my experience, both professional and personal, CQC reports can bear little or no relationship to the patient care and the culture of organisations. The system is riddled with cronyism. See: https://on.ft.com/3GVIIgX (sorry this is also behind a paywall). We need a pro-active, independent, patient-led system to monitor quality & look at outcomes, starting with commissioning, in my view.
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    This work has so much potential for improvements in patient safety. Will it link to Coroners prevention of future deaths reports? It's such a complex area, with so many threads and possibilities for learning. I used to work in a Mental Health Assertive Outreach Team and was greatly saddened by the high mortality rate from deaths through neglect or undetected (and treatable) physical illnesses.
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    Thank you for posting this. The actions resulting from Coroners' prevention of future deaths are vital for patient safety. I look through these reports when preparing clinical education sessions, and have included this link in my medicines and prescribing teaching resource page: https://www.judiciary.uk/subject/alcohol-drug-and-medication-related-deaths/
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    Thank you for posting this. Coroners' prevention of future deaths reports are important, and the actions resulting from them are vital for patient safety. I look through these reports when preparing clinical education sessions, and have included this link in my teaching resources: https://www.judiciary.uk/subject/prevention-of-future-deaths/ Unfortunately, I believe there is an inconsistency in when Coroners make these reports. For example, in the case of the death of Oliver McGowan, where no such report was made. This is a case study I use in my medicines and prescribing teaching w
  10. Content Article
    Results More participants receiving ketamine reached full remission of suicidal ideas at day three than those receiving placebo: 46 (63.0%) of 83 participants in the ketamine arm and 25 (31.6%) of 73 in the placebo arm (odds ratio 3.7 (95% confidence interval 1.9 to 7.3), P<0.001). This effect differed according to the diagnosis (treatment: P<0.001; interaction: P=0.02): bipolar (odds ratio 14.1 (95% confidence interval 3.0 to 92.2), P<0.001), depressive (1.3 (0.3 to 5.2), P=0.6), or other disorders (3.7 (0.9 to 17.3, P=0.07)). Side effects were limited and no manic or psychotic
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    Anyone who is familiar with what happened to Dr Raj Mattu, and who was in charge at the time, will know why this story is important. I believe leaders who behave badly and display a 'consistent lack of compassion or respect for people' should be held to account, not allowed to move freely within the NHS. Dr Raj Mattu (Cardiologist): Dr Raj Mattu is an internationally recognised cardiologist who worked at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UCHWT). In 2001 he raised patient safety concerns including when five patients were routinely put in a ward designed for
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    An important message here. Knowing the reason for the use of a medicine (i.e. its 'indication') is vital for patient safety. It's not just pharmacists who need to know the indication for a medicine. In my clinical practice I've seen problems caused by misunderstandings of what a medicine was prescribed for. Including patients who have been prescribed antipsychotic drugs which they did not know the reason for & which could be making their condition worse. Also, I've come across people who were prescribed antidepressants for pain rather than depression (e.g., amitriptyline which i
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    An insightful piece, written with objectivity and empathy, highlighting the need for a deeper understanding of why people speak up in healthcare and the consequences for us all when patient safety concerns are dismissed. All healthcare leaders should read this and reflect on how effective current measures are, and what actions are needed.
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    Interesting. Time to rethink I believe. Although I work in a vaccination clinic I am against mandatory vaccination, except for international travel where it links to the need to vaccinate as many people as possible across the world. Some people cannot have the vaccines for clinical reasons, and I've sympathy for those few who have had severe side-effects and say 'can I not have my immunity level checked instead? Other things that concern me are when people say (or imply) that those unvaccinated don't deserve treatment. That appalls me. Us clinicians are not here to judge, although I
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    Looks toothless. Restricted to 'the use of medicines and medical devices' & a ridiculously vague remit to 'promote the importance of the views, of patients and other member of the public'. It's also reported that the postholder 'won't act on individual cases'. Hugely disappointing and a potential waste of public funds, linked to cronyism in my view. Anyone able to convince me I'm wrong?