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    I am passionate about sharing learning to improve patient safety - using insights from clinicians, patients, patient safety and human factors experts, researchers, leaders, everyone to help make the change we need for a patient-safe future
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    Patient Safety Learning
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    Chief Executive

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    Hi Helen, thank you for sharing your horrible experience with us. I hope that you are able to receive the care you need without fear or pain. We are working closely with @Katharine Tylko and her wonderful colleagues at CAPH. They also have a FB group where women are sharing their stories too. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1564972663700527&id=193342597530214 We will not stop until these significant patient safety concerns are addressed. You might find our latest blog on this issue of interest. https://www.patientsafetylearning.org/blog/minister-acknowledges-p
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    This is absolutely not correct. From the NICE guidance ‘Do not exclude people from referral to a multidisciplinary assessment service or for further investigations or specialist input based on the absence of a positive SARS‑CoV‑2 test (PCR, antigen or antibody).’ https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng188/chapter/3-Investigations-and-referral Please see a jointly produced leaflet by us and the RCGP People have said that they have found this helpful in discussing with the GP. Hope it helps. If it does, can you let us know? Best wishes Helen and @St
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    Hi Michelle, we’ve a few of those on the hub, should be searchable. Any problem, just let us know @Patient Safety Learning I met with the CEO of an Australian company this week and they have a tool that hasn’t yet been used in healthcare. It is a 10 minute survey that looks at: health and well being; safety systems; safety leadership; safety engagement. It’s called the Health and Safety Index. It looks pretty impressive. I’ve been thinking that it would be good to get a few pilots in healthcare on it and they’re keen. If you’re interested, do let me know and I’ll make the introducti
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    @Steve Turner An excellent blog, thank you. Very powerful concluding thoughts: Given the annual expenditure on medicines with the benefits and risks involved in their use, it seems surprising to me that the art and science of prescribing medicines receives so little attention in investigation reports, and from public bodies. I believe patients, the public and healthcare practitioners need to be aware of the Prescribing Competency Framework and why the framework must be applied in practice, used in clinical supervision and CPD, and why we must all speak out if we believe it is no
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    Hi Derek, It's a pushing water uphill task, at times, as you and we well know. Sharing is not the problem, it's getting people to listen and act that's the challenge. By adding content to the hub, we try hard to bring innovation to people's attention. Any more we can do @Clive Flashman ? Helen
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    Hi Carrie, I’m at a meeting with the CIEHF this afternoon and will raise the general point with them, how needle phobic patients are being supported. They may wish to include in any guide and advice. I’d have thought that the main contact for personal support should be your GP. Hope that helps, best wishes, Helen
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    Hi Carrie, Good question. Maybe submit to the CIEHF so they can include this in their work? https://www.linkedin.com/posts/noorzamanrashid_the-economist-on-twitter-activity-6750290388721926144-h8XV/ Helen
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    Hi Carrie, I wonder if you shared your concerns with your GP they could provide you with information and support - including ensuring that the vaccination is given to you in a way that avoids any distress. Best wishes, Helen
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    That sounds fascinating and valuable. Might you write a blog for us on your work? Maybe reflections on the impact of your work at Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow ? Helen Do contact me on helen@patientsafetylearning.org if you'd like to follow up.
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    Hi Susie, I'm so sorry to hear of your ghastly experience. How absolutely terrifying for you. It seems clear to me that you weren't given the information you needed to give informed consent or the options for pain relief which should have been available to you. We've been reflecting the same as you, this does seem to be a gender issue. The recent Cumberlege report 'First Do No Harm' reflects on the patient safety issues that affected women over decades. It's not good enough. Thanks for sharing your story; further resolve for us to continue supporting patient groups and the campaign t
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    Great to hear about this experience. Thanks for sharing.
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    Hi Derek, You describe a frustrating and lonely path for innovation. @Clive Flashman any suggestions of where Derek could promote this approach? Helen
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    Hi @Derek Malyon Thank you got this, really interesting. Do you know of any work being taken forward in this area? This approach would not only provide a feedback loop that would highlight activity omissions but would place the consenting patient at the heart of decision making.
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    Thank you so much for sharing your overall positive experience. So pleased it went well - the advice and support you received seemed spot on. I too am fascinated with seeing bits of me on screen! Fingers crossed for confirmation of a positive result. I don’t know if you’ve heard of Care Opinion? They’re a great charity and they enable and encourage patient feedback to inform staff - to commend good practice and help identify the need for improvements in services, where needed. In case you’d like to follow up. thank you again. Let’s make sure everyone has your experience. Helen
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    Influencing systemic change at an international level Through our six foundations for safer care, as outlined in A Blueprint for Action, we influence systemic change, in the UK and internationally, by: Calling for action to improve safety in all of the six foundations. Proposing new health and social care policy, and responding critically to policy consultations. Sharing learning on patient and staff safety in all areas of health and social care. Working directly with staff and patients on areas of safety that are the most important to them. Identifying and co