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Mark Hughes


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    I am Patient Safety Learning's Business and Policy Manager. Prior to this I worked in a range of different roles for Alzheimer's Society and two Members of Parliament. I have a strong interest in reforming the social care system and improving patient safety.
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    Senedd Committees Committees in the Senedd are cross-party bodies that carry out many functions, including scrutinising the expenditure and policies of the Welsh Government, holding Ministers to account, and examining proposed legislation. This Committee's work focuses on Health, Social Care and Sport. Evidence session This page contains links to a number resources relating to this evidence session, including: Webcast of the evidence session Evidence submission from Long COVID Wales Evidence submission from Dr Elaine Maxwell, Content Lead - National Institute for
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    I don't think you've missed it @Steve Turner. The Medicines and Medical Devices Act which made the provision for it got Royal Assent on the 11 February, so my expectation is that a consultation on it from the Department of Health and Social Care will be coming... but not seen any indication yet as to when. Definitely something I'm keeping an eye out for!
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    Background The Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2020-21 commits it to establishing a Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland. The decision to create this role came about as a result of the First Do No Harm: The Report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (the Cumberlege Review), published in July 2020. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport accepted all of the recommendations in the review, including recommendation 2 relating to the establishment of a Patient Safety Commissioner. Consultation The consultation process opened on Friday 5
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    Where possible, both the person with dementia and their carer should be closely involved in decisions about the person’s treatment and should be shown their care plan. Alzheimer's Society suggests that the following questions may help with discussions: Why is the person being prescribed an antipsychotic? Which symptoms is the drug meant to be helping with? Have possible medical causes of their symptoms (such as infection, pain or constipation) been ruled out? Can non-drug approaches be tried first? What can I do as a carer to help? Do you need to know more about the per
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    Written Questions are a parliamentary mechanism by which Members of the Senedd can table questions specifically for a written answer by the Welsh Government or the Senedd Commission. Laura Anne Jones MS asked what progress had been made in Wales in implementing the findings of the Cumberlege Review (The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Review). This review examined how the healthcare system in England responds to reports about the harmful side effects from medicines and medical devices and consider how it could respond to them more quickly and effectively in the future. Vaug
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    Just over a week ago NHS England and NHS Improvement announced the launch of a network of 40 Long COVID clinics over the coming weeks. While there still needs to be more details providing, particularly a clear timeframe for the roll-out of these and information on their locations, I was wondering if anyone has heard about whether there are similar plans for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales? From a little online research at the moment I've only found the following: Northern Ireland No formal announcements from the Department of Health along these lines. The charity Northern Ireland C
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    On the hub now there is new information from National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) published today which gives more details about the forthcoming guideline on post-COVID syndrome which is planned to be published by the end of the year. The guideline scope published today defines post-COVID syndrome (also known as Long COVID) as signs and symptoms that develop during or following an infection consistent with COVID-19 which continue for more than 12 weeks and are not
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    The NHS have today announced a new five-point package of measures to support Long COVID patients. We've set out Patient Safety Learning's initial thoughts on this in this press statement and would be keen to hear the views of others: https://www.patientsafetylearning.org/press-releases/nhs-announces-five-point-package-to-support-long-covid-patients
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    Health and Social Care Select Committee This is a cross-party body that is responsible for scrutinising the work of the Department of Health and Social Care and its associated public bodies in the UK. It is composed of MPs and examines government policy, spending and administration on behalf of the electorate and the House of Commons.[1] Safety of maternity services in England The Committee opened an inquiry into the Safety of maternity services in England on the 24 July 2020. The intention of this inquiry is to examine evidence relating to ongoing concerns around recurring failin