Recommendations include: Employers should carry out risk assessments for staff with vulnerable characteristics, including those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, as well as those from disadvantaged communities. Employers should ensure that all key workers in public-facing roles have access to adequate PPE. The government should establish a tailored Find, Test, Trace, Isolate and Support (FTTIS) programme which ensures that marginalised and BME communities who are more vulnerable to the coronavirus are identified and supported.Temporary housing, including hotels, bed and breakfas
44% of respondents were not confident their hospitals would be able to provide safe COVID and non-COVID services should there be a second surge of infections.
Over one third (38%) of respondents also cited low or non-existent rapid testing for staff at their hospitals and one-in-five (20%) said there are currently insufficient infection prevention and control measures to prevent staff from infecting surgical patients with COVID-19.
Results also highlighted the increasing trend in mental distress amongst anaesthetists and the disruption to the training opportunitie
Vincent et al. believe that the skillset of patient safety and quality improvement personnel is essential for the successful implementation of the changes required to achieve the desired outcomes. An understanding of systems theory and the complexity of healthcare systems, human factors and reliability theories, and change methodologies is key to the success of any transformation programme.
In their paper in the International Journal for Quality in Healthcare, they propose a five-step strategy and actions through which PS and QI staff can meaningfully contribute during a pandemic by emplo
We need to listen to patients and commission research
COVID-19 is a new virus and there is currently little understanding about long-term impacts and why some people seem to recover quickly while others are left very unwell for months. Prolonged symptoms vary greatly but many are experiencing rashes, shortness of breath, neurological and gastrointestinal problems, abnormal temperatures, cardiac symptoms and extreme fatigue. Recent studies indicate COVID-19 can cause organ damage even where patients have been asymptomatic. Research into the Long COVID cohort of patients is need
Chief executive Joe Rafferty and strategic advisor for digital programmes Jim Hughes, will discuss how Mersey Care Foundation Trust has been part of a region-wide programme to develop shared understanding of covid and other pressures.
Joining them on the panel will be Rebecca Malby, professor in health systems innovation at London South Bank University, and Markus Bolton, director of Graphnet Health – which is supporting the event.
In a discussion chaired by HSJ contributor Claire Read, they will explore the value of a shared understanding of which pressures and caseloads exist in an
A Westminster Health Forum policy conference with:
Dr Clifford Mann, National Clinical Director, Urgent and Emergency Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Dr Katherine Henderson, President, Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Jessica Morris, Nuffield Trust; Dr Nick Scriven, The Society of Acute Medicine; Sandie Smith, Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; and Deborah Thompson, NHS Acute Frailty and Ambulatory Emergency Care Networks and NHS Elect
Delegates will discuss key developments and challenges in the context of service changes in response to the COVID-19 pa
In this regular roundup episode, the Royal Society of Medicine once again bring together an expert panel to answer the most popular questions viewers sent in but didn't have time to cover.
The panel this month will include Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, Professor Peter Openshaw, Professor of Experimental Medicine at Imperial College London, and Professor Walter Ricciardi, past President of the Italian National Institute of Health.
Professor Sir Simon Wessely will chair the 45-minute session, posing the most popular unans
The Deteriorating Patient Summit focuses on recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient through improving the reliability of patient observations and ensuring quality of care.
The conference will include National Developments including the recent recommendations from the Royal College of Physicians on NEWS2 and COVID-19, and implementing the recommendations from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch Report Investigation into recognising and responding to critically unwell patients. The conference will include practical case study based sessions on identifying patients at
COVID-19 has shown clearly why governments need to prepare for an uncertain future. Preparation means more creative strategic thinking, more analysis of what might be ahead, and an acceptance of the value of reserve capacity to mitigate risk. Could the pandemic be a re-defining moment for how the UK government prepares for uncertainty, plans for the long-term and thus builds resilience?
This won’t happen by accident: policymakers have strong incentives to pay attention only to the short-term. What are convincing arguments as to why they should change? What else would make them, and their su
Unprecedented levels of change have taken place in the design, service and delivery of health care services in the space of months. COVID-19 has upended our understanding of good, quality care, with many barriers removed instantly and new ideas deemed too radical a couple of months ago, becoming our ‘new normal’.
This new reality, with the essential limitations on physical contact has resulted in digital solutions taking centre stage in tackling the pandemic, providing care and ensuring continuity of care for patients across the country. In this event, we will examine the insights our curre
The Health Foundation is exploring the pandemic’s implications for health and health inequalities. In this webinar, we share our learning so far, focusing on groups of people who have been particularly affected including young people and Black and minority ethnic groups.
We’ll explore what the economic impact of the pandemic means for the wider determinants of health. And, as we move towards post-COVID-19 recovery, we’ll look at what's needed to address health inequalities and to create the conditions for everyone to live a healthy life.
RECOVERY was established in March 2020 as a randomised clinical trial to test a range of potential treatments for COVID-19, including low-dose dexamethasone (a corticosteroid). As an urgent public health study, the trial has been prioritised for delivery across the UK by the NIHR. Through the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network, over 11,500 patients have so far been enrolled into RECOVERY from over 175 NHS hospitals in the UK.
A total of 2104 patients were randomised to dexamethasone once per day for ten days and were compared with 4321 patients randomised to usual care alone. Among the usua
The full impact of COVID-19 has not yet been realised, but what we do know is that we have been navigating with no roadmap or star to guide us. In terms of the three psychological phases of a crisis, we have worked through the initial state of ‘emergency’ where we have had (largely) shared goals and an urgency that made us feel energised, focused and even productive. However, this phase feels like it is in its descendancy and most of us are now in the next phase of ‘regression’ where the future feels uncertain and we have lost that sense of purpose.
In my work with colleagues from across