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  1. News Article
    Doctors at a Black Country mental health trust have backed a vote of no confidence in their management team. Sources say that the Black Country Healthcare NHS Trust is not acting in the best interests of patients and they believe it wants to cut beds. They also have no confidence in the way that the trust has removed its chief medical officer, Mark Weaver. The NHS Trust said it was aware of concerns and had agreed to work on them going forward. The doctors wrote to the trust board following a meeting of the Medical Advisory Committee claiming that over the past two years the relationship with the board had become fractured. In the letter they claimed the voice of doctors was not being taken seriously by the board and that clinical priorities were secondary to financial performance. They also said they were seriously disturbed with the way in which Mr Weaver had been asked to step down and that the deputy chief medical officer Dr Sharada Abilash had not been asked to take over while due process occurred. Read full story Source: BBC News, 9 December 2023
  2. News Article
    Health Education England (HEE) and NHS England have warned BMA that its stance on medical associate professionals (MAPs) is impacting NHS relationships and patient confidence. HEE published an open letter to the BMA in response to the union’s call to halt recruitment of MAPs – which includes physician associates (PAs) working in general practice – until regulation is in place. The BMA Council passed a motion calling for a halt to recruitment of MAPs two weeks ago, on the grounds of patient safety. This followed a previous motion to that effect from its GP committee for England earlier this month. Proposing to bring forward a planned meeting with the BMA to discuss the matter, HEE’s letter said: "This continuing public discourse around MAPs is impacting relations between your members and their MAP colleagues, the health and wellbeing of MAPs already working in the NHS, and potentially the confidence of patients." HEE chief workforce, training and education officer Dr Navina Evans and NHS England medical director Sir Stephen Powis argued in the letter that evidence shows "MAPs are safe", and that they "increase the breadth of skill, capacity and flexibility of teams" and reduce workload pressure on other clinicians. ‘Any issues of patient safety identified resulting from MAPs ‘must be addressed in the same way we would any other profession’, the letter added. Read full story Source: Pulse, 27 November 2023
  3. News Article
    Just one-fifth of staff at a trust engulfed in an abuse scandal expressed confidence in the executive team, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which has downgraded the trust and its leadership team to ‘inadequate’. The CQC inspected Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust following NHS England launching a review into the trust in November 2022 after BBC Panorama exposed abuse and care failings at the medium-secure Edenfield Centre. The two inspections, made between January and March 2023, which assessed inpatient services and whether the organisation was well-led, also saw the trust served with a warning notice due to continued concerns over safety and quality of care, including failure to manage ligature risks on inpatient wards. Inspectors identified more than 1,000 ligature incidents on adult acute and psychiatric intensive care wards in a six-month period. In the year to January, four deaths had occurred by use of ligature on wards which the CQC said “demonstrated that actions to mitigate ligature risks and incidents by clinical and operational management had not been effective”. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 21 July 2023
  4. Content Article
    The General Practice Data Trust (GPDT) Pilot Study: Report on Patient Focus Groups reports on patients’ attitudes about sharing their health data for research and planning purposes.  It is the result of research by academics at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP) at the University of Manchester, supported by the Patients Association, and is part of the GP Data Trusts pilot project. Funded by the Data Trusts Initiative, the project wanted to understand why so many people opted out from NHS Digital’s GP Data for Research and Planning (GPDPR) programme when it was launched in 2021.    The research found that patients mostly supported the use of patient data in health research, but they often didn’t like the idea that companies might make money from the use of their health data. Many felt they had not been given enough information about the GPDPR programme; some would have been happy to share their data if they had known more about the programme.   The researchers also asked focus group participants if holding patient data in a trust would reassure them about how their data are used. This was welcomed and the report goes into more detail about what patients thought of this idea.  
  5. Content Article
    We have probably all suffered from imposter syndrome at some point during our career. Doubted our self and our abilities. However, if we aren't confident in ourselves and how we do our jobs it could impact on the patients we look after. Here are my tips on how to get to grips with your imposter syndrome.
  6. Event
    Difficult conversations - Thursday 2nd February 2023 Difficult people - Tuesday 7th February 2023 Conflict management - Wednesday 15th February 2023 This 3 day intensive training course will provide an effective guide to improving your communication skills. With each day focusing on difficult conversations, managing difficult people, and conflict and conflict resolution the course will empower you with the skills to deal with difficult issues and difficult situations within your everyday practice. Day 1 - how to deal with and manage difficult conversations. With a focus on telephone and virtual consultations with patients this masterclass focuses on dealing with difficult conversations, The event will focus on speaking to patients in distress, understanding where patient safety issues arise, and managing unhappy patients and complaints. It will discuss strategies and tools to improve communication and interactions. Day 2 - how to with difficult people. Do you have someone at work who consistently triggers you? Doesn’t listen? Takes credit for work you’ve done? Wastes your time with trivial issues? Acts like a know-it-all? Can only talk about themselves? Constantly criticises? It will discuss strategies and tools to improve communication and interactions with others. Day 3 - conflict from how to manage different types of conflict through to conflict resolution This course is aimed at all healthcare staff from frontline staff through to senior managers in dealing with conflict with colleagues, staff, clients and patients. Further information and registration
  7. Community Post
    This year's theme for World Patient Safety Day (17 September) is Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety. We know that staff safety is intrinsically linked to patient safety but we need your insight to help us understand what matters most when it comes to feeling safe at work. So we're asking you to tell us: What is most needed for health and care staff to feel physically or mentally safe at work? In this short video, Claire Cox (Patient Safety Learning's Associate Director of Patient Safety and a Nurse) shares her top three. What do you think is most needed? Please join the conversation and help us speak up for health worker safety! Nb: You'll need to sign in to the hub to comment (click on the icon in the top right of your screen). If you're not a member yet, you can sign up here for free.
  8. Content Article
    Decisions formed from a diversity of opinions usually lead to better long-term outcomes. So, when you believe that your team or organisation is missing something important, moving in the wrong direction, or taking too much risk, you need to speak up. Done effectively, dissent challenges groupthink, reminds those in the majority that there are alternatives paths, and prompts everyone to get creative about solutions. Six decades of scientific research point to strategies those without formal power can use to make sure their dissenting ideas are heard. First, pass the in-group test by showing how you fit in. Then pass the group threat test by showing how you have your team’s best interest at heart. Make sure your message is consistent but creative tailored for different people, lean on objective information, address obstacles and risks, and encourage collaboration. Finally, make sure to get support. Dissent isn’t easy but it can be extremely worthwhile.
  9. Content Article
    The Health Service Executive (HSE) Dublin North East’s Patient Safety Tool Box Talks have been developed to assist with the delivery of key patient safety messages within the workplace. Patient Safety Tool Box Talks© are not a substitute for formal training but rather recognises the need to embed patient safety into the workplace and as such are a support to formal more detailed training programmes. This approach allows the delivery of consistent short customised patient safety messages to staff in a brief intervention as part of a team meeting or at a shift change. The talks are designed to take no more that 5-10 minutes to deliver are capable of being delivered by a non-specialist. If questions however arise beyond the scope of the talk these should be referred to a specialist for clarification. This Tool Box also contains Guidance on Delivering a Patient Safety Tool Box Talk© and a number of talks on a variety of safety topics.
  10. Content Article
    This anonymous blog high lights the vulnerability of patients, especially when it come to consent. This is a shocking account of events by a well informed patient when they were wrongly consented for a gynaecological procedure.
  11. Content Article
    This is the story of a nurse's experience when attending a coroner's court and how the Trust supported them through this difficult time.
  12. Content Article
    The National Mortality Case Record Review Programme (NMCRR) aims to develop and implement a standardised methodology for reviewing the case records of adults who have died in acute hospitals across England and Scotland. As well as improve understanding and learning about problems and processes in healthcare that are associated with mortality.
  13. Content Article
    In this article on The People Space, Megan Reitz, professor at Hult International Business School, outlines the TRUTH framework to help individuals, teams and organisations unpick their conversational habits and to both 'speak up' and 'listen up'.
  14. Content Article
    This infographic, by patient Jennifer Gilroy, demonstrates what makes patients feel safe and what contributes to them feeling unsafe in a hospital environment.
  15. Content Article
    Speaking up, raising concerns, whistleblowing. However you describe it, we know it can be daunting. Supporting 'National Speak Up Month' , the General Medical Council (GMC) has provided advice and tools to help you.
  16. Content Article
    As part of its commitment to supporting the third sector, The King’s Fund works in partnership with GSK to run the GSK IMPACT Awards, which provide leadership development and funding for award winners.
  17. Content Article
    Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect at work. Bullying and harassment is unacceptable and constitutes a violation of human and legal rights that can lead to criminal prosecution and civil law claims. Employers have a duty of care to provide a safe and healthy working environment for their staff, and this is an implied term of every contract of employment. Bullying and harassment undermines physical and mental health, frequently resulting in poor work performance. Possible consequences include: insomnia and inability to relax loss of confidence and self-doubt loss of appetite hypervigilance and excessive double-checking of all actions inability to switch off from work.
  18. Content Article
    This leaflet by NHS Employers (Wales) explains what bullying in the workplace is, how it can affect people and what to do about it.
  19. Content Article
    Back in January 2019, we started a regular team newsletter. Initially this was aimed at only the critical care unit (CCU) team; however, very quickly it developed into an all trust audience.  In this post I discuss the multiple benefits the newsletter has offered as well as the challenges I came across. I want to share my experience on developing the newsletter to encourage other teams to consider writing a regular newsletter if they don’t already have one. This followed on from several outreach teams contacting me personally for assistance in writing their own newsletters. 
  20. 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.
  21. Content Article
    The Dignity in Care campaign was launched in November 2006, and aimed to put dignity and respect at the heart of UK care services. The Dignity in Care campaign is led by the National Dignity Council, it operates as a charity, inspiring people to be part of a nationwide movement of champions, working individually and collectively to promote access to dignity as a human right for all.  Before the Dignity in Care campaign launched, numerous focus groups took place around he country to find out what Dignity in Care meant to people. The issues raised at these events resulted in the development of the 10 Point Dignity Challenge (now the 10 Dignity Do's). The challenge describes values and actions that high quality services that respect people's dignity.
  22. Content Article
    Healthcare information technology procurement is critical for healthcare organisations, as procurement decisions on medical devices and IT infrastructure will impact safety, efficiency, staff and patient experiences. In this webinar, Svetlena Taneva, from Healthcare Human Factors, University Health Network, discusses using Human Factors in hospital technology.
  23. Content Article
    In this series 'e-Patient Dave' deBronkart shares what we all need to know to get the best medical care without going broke or getting killed in the process. An 'e-patient' is someone who is empowered, engaged, equipped, and able, who never expected the system to do everything but thinks and acts like a responsible independent person.
  24. Content Article
    Simon Fleming discusses in BMJ Opinion why he launched an anti-bullying campaign. Simon is a trainee orthopaedic surgeon and PhD Candidate at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
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