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  1. Content Article
    This article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health proposes a new approach to hospital bed planning and international benchmarking. The number of hospital beds per 1000 people is commonly used to compare international bed numbers. The author, Rodney Jones, suggests that this method is flawed because it doesn't consider population age structure or the effect of nearness-to-death on hospital use. To remedy this problem, Jones suggests a new approach to bed modelling that plots beds per 1000 deaths against deaths per 1000 population. Lines of equivalence can be drawn on the plot to delineate countries with a higher or lower bed supply. This method is extended to attempt to define the optimum region for bed supply in an effective health care system. England is used as an example of a health system descending into operational chaos due to too few beds and manpower. The former Soviet bloc countries represent a health system overly dependent on hospital beds. Several countries also show evidence of overuse of hospital beds. The new method is used to define a potential range for bed supply and manpower where the most effective health systems currently reside. The role of poor policy in NHS England is used to show how the NHS has been led into a bed crisis. The method is also extended beyond international benchmarking to illustrate how it can be applied at a local or regional level in the process of long-term bed planning.
  2. Content Article
    Produced by the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, and commissioned by the charity Patient Safety Watch, this report considers the current state of patient safety around the world, through analysis of publicly available data from the last two decades. It includes an interactive data dashboard, case studies of patient safety excellence and a ranking of patient safety in OECD countries.
  3. News Article
    Healthcare apps that triage patients should be put through a ‘fair test of clinical performance’ published by NHS England to ensure their safety, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In addition, the Department of Health and Social Care should look into whether ‘safety-netting’ advice should be available to the public about how to use symptom checkers, said the CQC. The CQC made the recommendations as part of work to shape its approach to regulating healthcare apps. It found digital triage tools are currently not fully clinically validated or tested by product regulators and discovered ‘there is great variation in their clinical performance’. NHS England and other bodies should assess where people have been wrongly escalated, resulting in undue anxiety, as well as where tools have failed to address people’s ill health, said the CQC. Read full story Source: PULSE, 30 January 2020
  4. News Article
    The NHS is spending millions of pounds encouraging patients to give feedback but the information gained is not being used effectively to improve services, experts have warned. Widespread collection of patient comments is often “disjointed and standalone” from efforts to improve the quality of care, according to a study by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Nine separate studies of how hospitals collect and use feedback were analysed. They showed that while thousands of patients give hospitals their comments, their reports are often reduced to simple numbers – and in many cases, the NHS lacks the ability to analyse and act on the results. The research found the NHS had a “managerial focus on bad experiences” meaning positive comments on what went well were “overlooked”. The NIHR report said: “A lot of resource and energy goes into collecting feedback data but less into analysing it in ways that can lead to change, or into sharing the feedback with staff who see patients on a day-to-day basis. NHS England's chief nurse, Ruth May, said: "Listening to patient experience is key to understanding our NHS and there is more that that we can hear to improve it. This research gives insight into how data can be analysed and used by frontline staff to make changes that patients tell us are needed." Read full story Source: 13 January 2020
  5. Content Article
    The Global Drug Policy Index provides a score and ranking for each country to show how much their drug policies and their implementation align with the UN principles of human rights, health and development. It offers an important accountability and evaluation mechanism in the field of drug policy.
  6. Community Post
    NHS hospital staff spend countless hours capturing data in electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems. Yet that data remains difficult to access and use to support patient care. This is a tremendous opportunity to improve patient safety, drive efficiencies and save time for frontline staff. I have just published a post about this challenge and Triscribe's solution. I would love to hear any comments or feedback on the topic... How could we use this information better? What are hospitals already doing? Where are the gaps? Thanks
  7. Community Post
    Is it time to change the way England's healthcare system is funded? Is the English system in need of radical structural change at the top? I've been prompted to think about this by the article about the German public health system on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-62986347.amp There are no quick fixes, however we all need to look at this closely. I believe that really 'modernising' / 'transforming' our health & #socialcare systems could 'save the #NHS'. Both for #patients through improved safety, efficiency & accountability, and by making the #NHS an attractive place to work again, providing the NHS Constitution for England is at the heart of changes and is kept up to date. In my experience, having worked in healthcare for the private sector and the NHS, and lived and worked in other countries, we need to open our eyes. At present it could be argued that we have the worst of both worlds in England. A partially privatised health system and a fully privatised social care system. All strung together by poor commissioning and artificial and toxic barriers, such as the need for continuing care assessments. In my view a change, for example to a German-style system, could improve patient safety through empowering the great managers and leaders we have in the NHS. These key people are held back by the current hierarchical crony-ridden system, and we are at risk of losing them. In England we have a system which all too often punishes those who speak out for patients and hides failings behind a web of denial, obfuscation and secrecy, and in doing this fails to learn. Vast swathes of unnecessary bureaucracy and duplication could be eliminated, gaps more easily identified, and greater focus given to deeply involving patients in the delivery of their own care. This is a contentious subject as people have such reverence for the NHS. I respect the values of the NHS and want to keep them; to do this effectively we need much more open discussion on how it is organised and funded. What are people's views?
  8. Community Post
    The US-based Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organisation that routinely gauges hospital performance to inform purchaser choices as they navigate the healthcare system. While there are discussions on the value of the ratings ... they still pack a punch for organizations who do or don't do well. The latest set of numbers are out: Megan Brooks. One Third of US Acute-Care Hospitals Get 'A' on Patient Safety: Survey - Medscape - Nov 07, 2019.
  9. Content Article
    The purpose of this study was to identify challenges in applying certain standards, techniques for the Baku Health Center in Azerbaijan.
  10. Content Article
    Cornerstone is a free publication for anyone passionate about evidence-based healthcare, including Quality Improvement (QI), audit and clinical effectiveness professionals, and those who plan, deliver and receive healthcare. It is produced by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), which was established in 2008 to increase the impact of clinical audit on healthcare quality improvement and support improved outcomes for patients.
  11. Content Article
    For senior managers and safety professionals within organisations wishing to develop performance indicators to give improved assurance of control over major hazard risks. Although primarily addressed to major hazard operators, the generic model for establishing a performance measurement system, as given in this guide, can equally apply to other enterprises requiring similar levels of assurance. Offering a six-stage process to adopt in order to implement a programme of performance monitoring for process safety risks.
  12. Content Article
    Health and social care faces a conflict between safe and appropriate staffing and the (government) directive to be cost efficient. In a time of clinical and support staff shortages, increasing demand for services and financial austerity, there is a need for a consistent approach to workforce analysis, benchmarking and planning across the health and social care to enable informed decision-making across finance, HR and nursing management to put the patient and their safety at the centre of all we do. 'Establishment Genie' is an online workforce planning, safe staffing and benchmarking tool. It has been co-developed and tested with more than 300 teams across acute, community, residential care, hospice and independent providers of care. This has been supported by input from NHSE, NHS Professionals, The Florence Nightingale Foundation, Safe Staffing Alliance, Royal College of Nursing, Health Education England, Queen’s Nursing Institute and academic nurse staffing experts.
  13. Content Article
    Reducing the burden of harm and instilling better practice requires both systems thinking and committed local ownership. Comparisons of health systems across the world can help visualise best practice, opportunities for learning and potential for diffusion of innovations. Most importantly, depicting the global state of patient safety showcases exemplar safety systems and facilitates exploration of their characteristics and enablers.   This report seeks to stimulate ambitious visions and bold action to significantly reduce harm and improve the lives of millions of patients and their families. 
  14. Content Article
    While a recognised and accepted investigation process, barriers exist to the effective use of root cause analysis and implementation of improvements identified to generate sustainable action. This article lists tools identified by a literature review that sought to highlight incident review alternatives to RCAs, with particular focus on low-harm or no-harm events that should be examined to minimise their potential for contributing to patient harm.
  15. Content Article
    The phrase “lessons learned” is such a common one, yet people struggle with developing effective lessons learned approaches. The Lessons Learned Handbook is written for the project manager, quality manager or senior manager trying to put in place a system for learning from experience, or looking to improve the system they have. Based on experience of successful and unsuccessful systems, the author recognises the need to convert learning into action. For this to happen, there needs to be a series of key steps, which the book guides the reader through. The book provides practical guidance to learning from experience, illustrated with case histories from the author, and from contributors from industry and the public sector.
  16. Content Article
    ‘Letter from America’ is a Patient Safety Learning blog series highlighting fresh accomplishments in patient safety from the United States. The series will cover successes large and small. I share them here to generate conversations through the hub, over a coffee and in staff rooms to transfer these innovations to the frontline of UK care delivery.
  17. Content Article
    Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) President, has been involved in two decades of vital nursing workforce research. She explains in this interview for the RCN how the evidence could help us achieve safe staffing.
  18. Content Article
    The involvement of patients in their care is a top priority for the NHS, highlighted in the NHS Constitution and the NHS Five Year Forward View. Healthcare providers are encouraged to develop different relationships with patients and communities to help empower them and engage them in their care. This same approach applies to patient safety in healthcare, where greater engagement of patients is seen as one of the building blocks for improvement. .
  19. Content Article
    I’d like to introduce my ‘Letter from America’, a Patient Safety Learning blog series highlighting fresh accomplishments in patient safety from the United States. The series will cover successes large and small. I share them here to generate conversations through the hub, over a coffee and in staff rooms to transfer these innovations to the frontline of UK care delivery.
  20. Content Article
    Healthcare isn’t the only industry that’s working to protect people in dangerous environments. Each year at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum, the IHI faculty leads excursions to organisations outside of healthcare to learn about how they do their work. Kathy Duncan, IHI Faculty, leads a trip to the Central Florida Zoo, which has one of North America’s largest collections of venomous snakes. In this video, Duncan goes behind the scenes to learn about the staff’s safety procedures for handling snakes when they need to be moved from their enclosures.
  21. Content Article
    Meet Patient Safety Learning's Chief Executive, Helen Hughes. In this video she discusses her passion for patient safety, some of Patient Safety Learning's six foundations for a patient-safe future, as detailed in our latest report, A Blueprint for Action, and she explains why she's excited about the hub. View video (16 minutes)
  22. Content Article
    Professor Alison Leary, Chair of Healthcare & Workforce Modelling, London South Bank University, delivers the James Reason lecture at the 2018 HSJ Patient Safety Congress on work force and safety and discusses the complexity of demand.
  23. Content Article
    The report from The Leapfrog Group analyses eight high-risk procedures to determine which hospitals and surgeons perform enough of them to minimise the risk of patient harm or death, and whether hospitals actively monitor to assure that each surgery is necessary. The report finds that the vast majority of participating hospitals do not meet The Leapfrog Group’s minimum hospital or surgeon volume standards for safety nor do they have adequate policies in place to monitor for appropriateness. Rural hospitals are particularly challenged in meeting the standards. Leapfrog advises "given the variation in patient outcomes between higher-volume and lower-volume hospitals, the importance of patients using Leapfrog results to select a hospital for these high-risk procedures cannot be overstated."
  24. Content Article
    This blog, written by Human Factors expert Stephen Rice and published by Forbes, looks at what healthcare can learn from the success of the aviation industry when it comes to safety.
  25. Content Article
    Charts comparing COVID-19 deaths across countries are appearing daily in our newsfeeds. Done well, these international comparisons can help us to understand how different national strategies and policies have affected the spread and severity of COVID-19 outbreaks. But sometimes what is presented in these neat charts is not quite as straightforward as it seems, and can draw misleading conclusions. Excess deaths is a better measure than COVID-19 deaths of the pandemic’s total mortality. It measures the additional deaths in a given time period compared to the number usually expected, and does not depend on how COVID-19 deaths are recorded. This report, written by Holly Krelle, Claudia Barclay and Charles Tallack, summarises some of the ways of comparing countries to help use make sense of data on deaths.
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