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  1. Content Article
    Data Saves Lives is a multi-stakeholder initiative with the aim of raising wider patient and public awareness about the importance of health data, improving understanding of how it is used and establishing a trusted environment for multi-stakeholder dialogue about responsible use and good practices across Europe. Read more on the Data Saves Lives website Read more on the European Patients forum website
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    One of the enduring lessons of the pandemic has been the pivotal role that nursing plays in health care--vital work that isn't widely understood or, sadly, appreciated. Sara Fung and Amie Archibald-Varley started the wildly popular The Gritty Nurse podcast to give voice to nurses all over the world, including more than 400,000 nurses in Canada. The authors have quickly become sought-after speakers and advocates for nurses and are called on regularly by the media to talk about a wide range of issues around the profession. In their first book, they take you to the front line of nursing to show the compassion, selflessness and dedication of professionals who not only give it all for their patients, but get up and do it over and over again.
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    The Gritty Nurse Nursing Podcast examines hot topics related to health and healthcare. We shy away from nothing, discussing topics such as mental health, social justice, women's health and women's rights. Hosts Amie Archibald-Varley and Sara Fung are story-tellers and love hearing how healthcare has impacted individuals' lives. They want to discuss the good, bad and ugly . They also provide a platform for empowerment and shared experiences, where they represent voices that have been silenced, underrepresented and marginalized --so they can share their stories of hope, change and inspiration.
  4. Content Article
    In this article for Healthcare Quarterly, Leslee Thompson argues that Health Quality 5.0 moves people-centred, integrated health and social care systems to the forefront of our post-COVID-19 agenda – and that cannot happen without addressing our global workforce crisis. Building back a stronger, healthier workforce is the first of the five big challenges we address in our special series. Starting with the global health workforce crisis is fitting, given it is the most fundamental and formidable barrier to health and quality today. As we put the pieces of the Health Quality 5.0 puzzle together, a picture of a more resilient health system will emerge and a new leadership agenda to get there will take shape.
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    About this webinar In many pharmaceutical companies, human error is still addressed reactively through compliance by Deviation Management. While people are involved, they are NOT the root cause in the majority of deviations. There's an opportunity to set people up for success proactively in regards to risk prevention in a complex work environment through, for example: Recognition of risk and techniques for prevention of error. A roadmap for investigating repeated, human-related deviations. A means of integrating human performance into operational excellence, such as Gemba and leader standard work. Techniques for interviewing, coaching and improved communication. Recommendations for addressing system-related problems. Who would this be of interest to? Leaders and supporters of those that perform complex work in any regulated Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) environment and anyone interested in human and organisational performance. About the speakers Bill Farmer has a BS in Microbiology and is an Associate Director for Deviation Management at Merck in North Carolina, USA. He's an experienced pharmaceutical scientist and has had many roles in technical and quality organisations. His philosophy to 'Help others, make it easier to do the 'right' thing, harder to do the 'wrong' thing, drives Bill to continuously improve the Merck Deviation Management Process. Julie Avery (chair) is former Global Lead for human factors at GSK, with over 20 years in Quality and Operational Excellence. As an independent practitioner, Julie now integrates human performance into existing systems strategically and tactically supporting business goals and KPIs. Julie leads the CIEHF Human Factors Pharmaceutical Manufacturing COP and is a Trustee of the CIEHF representing Associate Members. Register here
  6. Content Article
    6B is a technology and engineering consultancy. It has produced a list of all 214 NHS Trusts in England and the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) they have implemented (as of May 2024).
  7. News Article
    A mental health trust and a band seven ward manager it employed have denied manslaughter charges over a death on an inpatient ward. North East London Foundation Trust and Benjamin Aninakwa entered not guilty pleas to manslaughter by gross negligence at the Old Bailey on Friday (24 May). It is believed to be the first time a named NHS manager at a trust has faced corporate manslaughter charges, alongside the organisation that employed them. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 29 May 2024
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    In this paper, published by Healthcare, authors proceed in two steps. First, they expand the existing base of literature on the interpersonal aspect of a safety climate by presenting a conceptual model of psychological safety and joint problem-solving orientation and proposing how, individually and together, they promote safety improvement and worker retention in healthcare. Second, they conduct an exploratory test of these relationships using empirical data from a large healthcare organization in the US.
  9. Content Article
    In this editorial for BMJ Quality and Safety, Kate Kirk explains why staff well-being is the foundation to improving patient safety.
  10. Content Article
    This seminal study by Cabral et al delves into the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in oncology, highlighting its pivotal role in enhancing healthcare quality and safety. The study aligns with the broader discourse on AI’s capacity to revolutionise healthcare outcomes, drawing from insights previously proposed on the synergy between human expertise and AI across various medical disciplines.
  11. News Article
    A man discovered a medical specimen bag had been left inside his abdominal cavity after his hernia surgery, the BBC has found. The surgeon who carried out the procedure, at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton in 2016, also left behind part of Tom Hadrys's bowel that had been cut out during the operation. According to a hospital incident report seen by BBC Newsnight, the surgeon realised his mistakes while driving home from work. Sussex Police are investigating at least 105 cases of alleged medical negligence by two surgery teams at the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. Read full story Source: BBC News, 24 May 2024
  12. News Article
    A nine-year-old boy died from sepsis after doctors and nurses missed a "significant" GP note, an inquest heard. Dylan Cope, from Newport was taken to the Grange Hospital in Cwmbran, Torfaen, on 6 December 2022 after his GP wrote “query appendicitis”, but this note was not read. The senior doctor on shift that night said GP referrals were not being printed off and put into patients' notes because of how busy the department was. Read full story Source: BBC News 23 May 2024
  13. Content Article
    In this issue of BMJ Quality & Safety, Payne et al report patient safety issues arising during remote encounters, primarily telephone-based, in the primary care setting. Through qualitative interviews and observations, they examined why safety incidents occur and what can prevent safety incidents in developing a culture of safety. 
  14. Content Article
    The Australian Living Evidence Collaboration (ALEC) was established in 2018 to support and develop ‘Living’ evidence and guidelines – an approach that enables almost real time updating of the latest research and guidance without compromising the rigorous, gold standard methods needed to provide trustworthy recommendations. The initial focus areas were stroke, diabetes, arthritis and kidney disease. They support evidence-based clinical decision-making in priority areas for Australian health care settings. To do this they: convene the sector (clinicians, consumers, policymakers, organisations, researchers) to promote and build multidisciplinary collaboration provide living evidence syntheses develop living guidelines conduct research to improve their impact.
  15. Content Article
    In this blog Chris Dzikiti, Director of Mental Health at CQC, and Dr Jacqui Dyer, Mental Health Equalities Advisor at NHS England, talk about the work our two organisations are doing to implement the Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF).
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