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  1. Content Article
    Complaints from staff are not being heeded. Why is it that healthcare staff's opinions and pleas for their safety and the safety of patients do not matter? Here are just some examples of where safety has been compromised: Disposable gowns are being reused by keeping them in a room and then reusing after 3 days. There were no fit tests. Staff were informed by management that "one size fits all, no testers or kits available and no other trusts are doing it anyway". Only when the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced recently that fit tests were a legal requirement, then fit tests were given. I queried about fit checks only to discover that it was not part of the training and, therefore, staff were wearing masks without seals for three months before fit tests were introduced and even after fit tests! I taught my colleagues how to do fit checks via telephone. There was no processes in place at the hospital to aid staff navigation through the pandemic (no red or green areas, no donning or doffing stations, no system for ordering PPE if it ran out); it was very much carry on as normal. A hospital pathway was made one week ago, unsigned and not referenced by governance, and with no instructions on how to don and doff. Guidelines from the Association for Perioperative Practice (AFPP) and Public Health England (PHE) for induction and extubation are not being followed – only 5 minutes instead of 20 minutes. Guidelines state 5 minutes is only for laminar flow theatres. None of the theatres in this hospital have laminar flow. One of my colleagues said she was not happy to cover an ENT list because she is BAME and at moderate/high risk with underlying conditions. She had not been risk assessed and she felt that someone with lower or no risk could do the list. She was removed from the ENT list, told she would be reprimanded on return to work and asked to write a report on her unwillingness to help in treating patients. The list had delays and she was told if she had done the list it would not have suffered from delays. Just goes to show, management only care about the work and not the staff. It was only after the list, she was then risk assessed. Diathermy smoke evacuation is not being used as recommended. Diathermy is a surgical technique which uses heat from an electric current to cut tissue or seal bleeding vessels. Diathermy emissions can contain numerous toxic gases, particles and vapours and are usually invisible to the naked eye. Inhalation can adversely affect surgeons’ and theatre staff’s respiratory system. If staff get COVID-19 and die, they become a statistic and work goes on as usual. The examples listed above are all safety issues for patients and staff but, like me, my colleagues are being ignored and informed "it's a business!" when these safety concerns are raised at the hospital. The only difference is they are permanent staff and their shifts cannot be blocked whereas I was a locum nurse who found my shifts blocked after I spoke up. Why has it been allowed to carry on? Why is there no Freedom To Speak Up Guardian at the hospital? Why has nothing been done? We can all learn from each other and we all have a voice. Sir Francis said we need to "Speak Up For Change", but management continues to be reactive when we try to be proactive and initiate change. This has to stop! Actions needed We need unannounced inspections from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and HSE when we make reports to them. Every private hospital must have an infection control team and Freedom To Speak Up Guardian in post.
  2. News Article
    The mother of a student, who took his own life, said today she felt 'sick to her stomach' after an NHS communications manager labelled a media report on her son's suicide a 'malarkey'. Pippa Travis-Williams, whose son Henry was found dead days after leaving a mental health unit run by the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) in 2016, said an email sent by NSFT communications manager Mark Prentice to his boss was 'disgusting'. It comes weeks after Mr Prentice gloated in another email to his boss that the NSFT had 'got away (again)' with media coverage of the death of a dementia patient. In an email to his boss, explaining why NSFT chief executive, Jonathan Warren, was going on BBC Look East, Mr Prentice said the NSFT might look 'uncaring' if Mr Warren did not appear and then described the coverage of Mr Curtis-Williams' suicide as a 'malarkey'. Read full story Source: Ipswich Star, 10 March 2020
  3. Community Post
    Following the posting of the recent anonymous blog by a brave nurse - a discussion was started on Twitter about the aspect of accountability, duty of candour mixed with a no blame culture. If there has been a drug error: The person who did the error needs to feel secure in the knowledge that there is a no blame culture, otherwise they may not report it in the first place. The patient needs to be told that they has been an error with their care The person who did the error needs to be held to account So, can these three points coexist or are we wanting the impossible?
  4. Content Article
    Vince Clarke is a paramedic and a senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. He has worked in education since 2001, first as a Practice Educator, then with the London Ambulance Service and in higher education, while continuing to practise at the same time. He is also a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) partner and Head of Endorsements for the College of Paramedics.
  5. Content Article
    This is a slide set from Rebecca Lawton (Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre) for the National Institute for Health Research and Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Academy, explaining what second victim is and how we can do better to support staff.
  6. Content Article
    The paper sets out how the AHSN alongside the PSCs have improved patient safety and their goals for the future: We will support the foundations of the national strategy: a patient safety culture and a patient safety system, across all settings of care. The PSCs will deliver the patient safety strategy improvements and seek the next tranche of national programmes for national adoption and spread. We will work with our members, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to roll out and embed these national initiatives in the local areas, ensuring ownership and sustainability. We will work alongside the Regional Patient Safety Teams focusing on their system-wide objectives to support STPs and ICSs to identify and implement transformational change. Each region will have differing local needs depending on their starting point, but there will be cross-cutting themes that every PSC can support in a standardised way. Following the adoption and spread of the national initiatives, the AHSN network can support the seven regions with the national programme of capacity and capability building, utilising our local academies and delivery mechanisms for integrated quality improvement, Health Foundation training and innovation training. We will support the capacity and capability and leadership development programmes particularly helping our local system leaders and partners to build knowledge and understanding of the innovation landscape and the opportunities this affords their own organisation’s and wider system’s safety agendas. We will build on the operational and strategic relationships we have with other national bodies also interested and engaged in the world of patient safety. In particular, we will strengthen our partnership with: The Health Foundation (HF), which has supported the development of the early phases of a number of projects that have developed into national patient safety initiatives; Health Education England (HEE) to deliver the safety mandate, building on our existing relationship which sees us working together on joint programmes of work such as learning from deaths and the response to the Topol Review, focusing on the opportunities for safety from genomics, artificial intelligence (AI) and the digital revolution.
  7. Content Article
    The web page includes: introduction to the medical examiner system medical examiners medical examiner offices at acute trusts in England regional support the national medical examiner national medical examiner updates events and training.
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