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  1. Content Article
    This YouTube playlist containing 12 short vlogs (each lasting 10 minutes or less) is a cut-down version of Continuing Professional Development work commissioned by the NHS in England. These are part of our patient led clinical education work and involved working with patients, carers, and relatives as equals to produce the videos. These vlogs are based on the (UK) Royal Pharmaceutical Society Competency Framework for all Prescribers, and related guidelines from professional bodies in the UK. They are designed for clinicians (across all disciplines and specialities), patients, carers, parents, relatives and the public.  The short videos focus on providing refresher information, updates on hot topics and materials that can be used for reflection both individually and within clinical teams.  They cover: Shared decision making Information mastery Interpretation of numerical data Root causes on medicines and prescribing errors Taking a history Basic pharmacology Risk areas and red flags Ethics, the law and prescribing Deprescribing Remote prescribing Prescribing for frailty and multimorbidity Prescription writing and safe prescribing The original materials were accompanied by live sessions, questions for reflection (some of which are included here), separate refresher questions, detailed prescribing scenarios, and competency assessments.  
  2. Content Article
    Surgeons' News is a magazine for surgical, dental and allied healthcare professionals. Published quarterly by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, it features comment and opinion from leading professionals, plus reviews and reports on subjects relevant to all career levels. Two articles in this month's issue we want to highlight are the Surgical safety update (p.10) on cases from the Confidential Reporting System for Surgery (CORESS) and Safe passage (p.18) discussing the National Patient Safety Syllabus.
  3. Content Article
    This competency framework has been developed and updated to support prescribers in expanding their knowledge, skills, motives and personal traits, to continually improve their performance, and work safely and effectively.
  4. Community Post
    The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have published the first National patient safety syllabus that will underpin the development of curricula for all NHS staff as part of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy: https://www.pslhub.org/learn/professionalising-patient-safety/training/staff-clinical/national-patient-safety-syllabus-open-for-comment-r1399/ Via the above link you can access a ‘key points’ document which provides some of the context for the syllabus and answers to some frequently asked questions. AOMRC are inviting key stakeholders to review this iteration of the syllabus (1.0) and provide feedback via completing the online survey or e-mailing Rose Jarvis before 28 February 2020. I would be interested to hear people's thoughts and feedback and any comments which people are happy to share which they've submitted via the online survey
  5. Community Post
    I met at a recent conference a newly appointed Patient Safety Manager. She’d been working in a supporting role in another organisation and was delighted with her obviously well deserved promotion to a more senior role of patient safety manager in another Trust. But 6 days in, she’s had no induction, there is no patient safety strategy or plan in the Trust, there isn’t any guidance as how she should do her job other than just ‘get on with doing RCAs. ‘ She doesn’t know who she can turn to for advice or support either in her Trust or elsewhere. Are there networks of PSMs she can turn to? Surely there is a model framework for patient safety that is produced as a guide? How can we help her and other PSMs?
  6. Event
    This online event is an important update for prescribers, and for those who take prescribed medicines, on the RPS Prescribing Competency Framework. This framework was originally produced in by the National Prescribing Centre as a competency framework for all prescribers, and updated by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in 2016. Join this event to: Hear about the changes to the RPS competency framework for all prescribers. Hear how others in pharmacy and other healthcare professions are using the framework. Ask questions to colleagues who were involved in updating the framework. Register
  7. Content Article
    Quality is complex and difficult to define, and institutions and organisations often have their own definitions, measurements and assurance processes. The Care Excellence Framework (CEF), developed and used at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, is a unique, integrated framework of measurement, clinical observation, patient and staff interviews and benchmarking. It also has an internal accreditation system that provides assurance from ward to board based on the five Care Quality Commission (CQC) domains and reflects CQC standards. The CEF has been established in its existing form since autumn 2016 and has been used in all areas of the organisation. This article provides an overview of the development and use of the CEF in an acute care setting, demonstrates how the framework acts as an internal accreditation system, and shows how it can encourage staff to undertake effective change and transform care from ordinary to excellent.
  8. Content Article
    The Patient Association's response to the PHSO: Complaint Standards Framework. Summary of core expectations for NHS organisations and staff. See also Patient Safety Learning's response to the framework.
  9. Content Article
    Medicines and prescribing are highly risky areas of health care. It is estimated that more than 200 million medication errors occur in NHS every year, and that avoidable adverse drug reactions (ADRs) cause 712 deaths per year, at a financial cost of at least £98.5 million every year.[1] Many medicines and prescribing issues have been highlighted in reports and investigations into patient deaths over the years, yet the issues around prescribing competency are yet to be fully addressed. It is time this omission was rectified. This blog explains why I believe patients, the public and healthcare practitioners, need to be aware of the Prescribing Competency Framework.[2] It outlines why the framework must be applied in practice, used in clinical supervision and CPD, and why we must all speak out of it is not being followed. The benefits of this will include prevention of unnecessary medicines being prescribed, avoidance of drug related harm, and lives saved.
  10. Content Article
    The NHS has recently conducted a consultation on its updated Standard Contract for use in 2020/21. Once finalised this contract is published by NHS England and used by commissioners to contract for all healthcare services other than primary care services. The contract is regularly updated to reflect changes in legislation, policies and technical improvements. In this year’s consultation there have been several changes proposed that specifically relate to patient safety and in this blog we outline the main patient safety changes proposed and detail Patient Safety Learning’s formal consultation response.
  11. Content Article
    The development of the Learning Disability Epilepsy Specialist Nurse Competency Framework was led by a working party of experienced Learning Disability (LD) Epilepsy Specialist Nurses (ESNs), from Focus in Epilepsy Learning Disability (FIELD), in association with the Epilepsy Nurses Association (ESNA). The document has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), with the support of Epilepsy Action to ensure that the perspective of people with learning disabilities (PWLD) has been considered.
  12. Content Article
    The framework for safe, reliable, and effective care, set out by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, provides clarity and direction to health care organisations on the key strategic, clinical, and operational components involved in achieving safe and reliable operational excellence, a 'system of safety', not just a collection of stand-alone safety improvement projects.
  13. Content Article
    Published by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), Quality improvement and patient safety competencies across the learning continuum is designed for: faculty medical education curricula developers residents medical school administration Designated Institutional Officials (DIOs) clinical leaders at teaching hospitals  and others interested in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education.
  14. Content Article
    At the second annual Patient Safety Learning conference, held on 2 October 2019, we interviewed Tom Kark QC. QEB Hollis Whiteman and Verita, Tom joined a conversation with Ted Baker and Dr Elaine Maxwell on the topic of 'Leadership for patient safety'.
  15. Content Article
    This report describes the lack of clear roles, responsibilities and accountability for workforce planning and supply in England. In reality, this means that the health and care workforce is not growing in line with increasing population need for health and care services, and there are large numbers of vacant posts throughout the system. This impacts upon patient safety and outcomes, and leads to a challenging working environment for staff. To resolve this, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) make the case for this to be resolved through legislation, alongside additional investment in the nursing workforce and a national health and care workforce strategy for England. 
  16. Content Article
    This guide aims to support NHS organisations to apply a framework for measuring and monitoring safety. It describes some broad principles to bear in mind when using the framework and provides some prompts for each of the framework’s dimensions to help people focus on some of the main challenges to understanding safety. The guide also provides a brief summary of the research underpinning the framework and details of further resources available to find out more.
  17. Content Article
    Given an unacceptably high incidence of diagnostic errors, the authors sought to identify the key competencies that should be considered for inclusion in health professions education programmes to improve the quality and safety of diagnosis in clinical practice. Olsen et al. believe that one of the most promising and sustainable ways to improve diagnosis is to improve education and training in the health professions. The first step in this process is to define the outcomes that trainees in each profession must achieve in order to be effective members of a diagnostic team in the modern healthcare setting. This paper, published in Diagnosis journal, defines these competencies.
  18. Content Article
    Patient safety is typically seen as a strategic priority. This sounds important, but it means that, in practice, health and social care decision-makers will weigh (and inevitably trade-off) the importance of patient safety against other priorities, like finances, resources or efficiency. We believe that patient safety is not just another priority: it is part of the purpose of health care. Patient safety should not be negotiable. Our report, A Blueprint for Action, sets out the action needed to progress towards the patient-safe future. Underpinned by systemic analysis and evidence, it proposes practical actions to address the six foundations of safer care for patients. These foundations are shared learning, leadership, professionalising patient safety, patient engagement, data and insight, and Just Culture.
  19. Content Article
    The British Medical Association (BMA) is the trade union and professional body for doctors in the UK.
  20. Content Article
    National safety standards for invasive procedures (NatSSIPs), published by NHS England in 2015, recommend the creation and implementation of local safety standards for all invasive procedures. This includes procedures undertaken outside a hospital environment, such as surgical procedures undertaken by dentists. In order to implement a local safety standard for invasive procedures (LocSSIP) for oral surgery procedures at a large London teaching hospital, a clean sheet redesign of our service was carried out based on a bottom up model of transformation, using a 'diagnose, design and implement' strategy. In an article  published in the British Dental Journal, three lead consultants in oral surgery based at Kings College, London, discuss creating local safety standards for invasive procedures.
  21. Content Article
    The first global experts’ consultation for the development of the WHO Leaders Guide on Patient Safety and Quality of Care in Service Delivery took place 20-21 March 2014. Over 25 experts from around the world in the areas of health care management, financing, patient safety and quality of care gathered at WHO to address the global need for strengthening leadership capacity to deliver safe and quality health services. A draft Leadership Competencies Framework on Patient Safety and Quality of Care was developed by WHO through a literature search and analysis of findings, which was debated by participating experts and formed the basis for: technical discussions during the consultation; agreement on the competencies necessary for enhancing leaders’ capacity to prioritize and direct the delivery of safe and quality health services; agreement on the learning topics/chapters and content of the Leaders’ Guide.
  22. Content Article
    This review by Van Velthoven et al, published in BMJ Open, provides a systematic overview of standards for the development of health apps based on those for software of medical devices and clinical information systems.
  23. Content Article
    Despite 20 years of effort, every year avoidable unsafe care still leads tens of thousands of patients to suffer death or serious, life-changing harm. A Blueprint for Action, a report from Patient Safety Learning, furthers the analysis of the systemic causes of this harm and describes actions to make patient care safer. Last September, health and patient safety professionals and patients overwhelmingly welcomed the analysis of avoidable unsafe care offered in Patient Safety Learning’s Green Paper, A Patient-Safe Future. Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care described it as “…the blueprint for action that we need.” Following widespread consultation on the Green Paper, A Blueprint for Action extends this analysis to identify actions to address the systemic causes of unsafe care.
  24. Content Article
    Serious Incidents in health care are adverse events, where the consequences to patients, families and carers, staff or organisations are so significant or the potential for learning is so great, that a heightened level of response is justified. This Framework, set out by NHS England, describes the circumstances in which such a response may be required and the process and procedures for achieving it, to ensure that Serious Incidents are identified correctly, investigated thoroughly and, most importantly, learned from to prevent the likelihood of similar incidents happening again.
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