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  1. Content Article
    The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) is a new approach to responding to patient safety incidents. NHS organisations in England have been implementing the framework since September 2023 and, as part of this, each trust is required to create and publish a Patient Safety Incident Response Plan (PSIRP). Patient Safety Learning is compiling PSIRPs from all NHS trusts in England in our PSIRP finder, available below. Making these documents accessible in one central place will make them easy to find, allow trusts to compare ways of working and highlight variation in how trusts are approaching PSIRF implementation. As well as sourcing PSIRPs that are easily accessible in the public domain, we submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to all NHS trusts in England in November 2023. We will continue to add links to plans as they become available. If you are aware of a PSIRP that has been published that isn't yet featured, please get in touch and we will add it to the finder.
  2. Content Article
    Digital health inequality, observed as differential utilisation of digital tools between population groups, has not previously been quantified in the NHS. But recent developments in universal digital health interventions, including a national smartphone app and online primary care services, allow measurement of digital inequality across a nation. This study in BMJ Health & Care Informatics aimed to measure population factors associated with digital utilisation across 6356 primary care providers serving the population of England. The authors concluded that the study results are concerning for technologically driven widening of healthcare inequalities. They highlight the need for targeted incentives to digital in order to prevent digital disparity from becoming health outcomes disparity.
  3. Content Article
    This report published by the National Vascular Registry (NVR) contains information on emergency (non-elective) and elective procedures for the following patient groups: patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) who undergo either (a) lower limb angioplasty/stent, (b) lower limb bypass surgery, or (c) lower limb amputation patients who have a repair procedure for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) patients who undergo carotid endarterectomy or carotid stenting.
  4. Content Article
    This is part of our series of Patient Safety Spotlight interviews, where we talk to people working for patient safety about their role and what motivates them. Gordon talks to us about how bureaucracy in the health service can compromise patient safety, the vital importance of agreed quality standards and what hillwalking has taught him about healthcare safety.
  5. Content Article
    Patient Safety Partners (PSPs) are being recruited by NHS organisations across England as part of NHS England’s Framework for involving patients in patient safety. PSPs can be patients, relatives, carers or other members of the public who want to support and contribute to a healthcare organisation’s governance and management processes for patient safety.  In this blog, Chris Wardley, PSP at a large NHS hospital trust, introduces the Patient Safety Partners Network (PSPN). Chris describes his own experience of starting as a PSP, talks about the large scope of the role and highlights the unique opportunity to influence how an organisation approaches patient safety. He also invites PSPs to join the new network, talking about how it is already helping PSPs in England share learning as they shape their new roles.
  6. Content Article
    These charts have been collaboratively developed by clinical teams across England to standardise how the deterioration of children in hospital is tracked. There are four charts for children of different ages, designed to be used on general children’s wards. PEWS observation and escalation chart: 0 to 11 months PEWS observation and escalation chart: 1-4 years PEWS observation and escalation chart: 5-12 years PEWS observation and escalation chart: ≥13 years
  7. Content Article
    Recent polling from Healthwatch England shows that a fifth of patients referred by a GP for consultant-led care end up in a ‘referral black hole’, with more than two million patients each year having to make four or more visits to their GP before a referral is accepted. The result is that tens of thousands of patients could be on a ‘hidden’ waiting list, meaning that GPs are managing greater clinical risk and a greater number of patients whose conditions are often worsening in primary care, whilst communication between providers and access to diagnostics are often not up to scratch.  This report by the think tank Policy Exchange looks at reforms that could be made to the interface between primary and secondary care in order to improve care and prevent patient harm. It considers how improved flows of information and expertise can: better support growing demand in general practice reduce unwarranted variation in service provision enhance care coordination – particularly for those referred for elective procedures enable opportunities to boost generalist medical skills for a new generation of doctors create opportunities for hospital specialists to deliver a greater proportion of care in primary or community care settings, reducing waiting times and the use of more expensive settings for care.
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    This report by the National Audit of Dementia (NAD) presents the results of the fifth round of audit data. For the first time, the audit has been undertaken prospectively, which will enable hospitals to take earlier action to improve patient care and experience. However, this has demonstrated that many hospitals still have no ready mechanism to identify people with dementia once admitted. One notable improvement is delirium screening (dementia is the biggest risk factor for developing delirium). Screening for delirium has improved from 58% in round 4 to 87% in the current audit. In addition, a high number of pain assessments are also being undertaken within 24 hours of admission (85%). Although encouraging, the report highlights that 61% of these assessments were based only on a question about pain—an approach that can be unreliable in patients with dementia. While this report acknowledges that our health services have experienced an extraordinarily difficult and challenging time, it does shine a light on a need for more training. It states that is encouraging that many staff have received Tier 1 dementia training (median 86%), but suggests that a much higher proportion of ward-based patient facing staff should have received Tier 2 dementia training (median 45%). It found that only 58% of hospitals are able to report the proportion of staff who have received training. As such, the report recommends that any member of staff involved in the direct care of people with dementia should have Tier 2 training, and this training should be recorded to provide assurance to the public and regulators.
  9. News Article
    The government has announced £250m in funding to provide an extra 5,000 NHS hospital beds in England this winter. Ministers say 900 new beds should be ready by January, with the remainder to follow soon after, boosting capacity and helping lower record waiting lists. The increase will mean nearly 100,000 permanent beds on wards and in A&E, available at the busiest time of the year - a 5% rise on current levels. NHS Providers said the extra capacity was needed "before winter begins". Miriam Deakin, director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, said trusts would welcome the support but cautioned any new beds would need to be staffed. She added that, since winter is the busiest time of the year for urgent and emergency care, trust leaders would be concerned that the promised extra capacity is only expected to be in place by January. "For the best results, trusts would need these new beds before winter begins," she said. Pat Cullen, from the Royal College of Nursing, added: "The elephant in the room is who will staff these additional beds? Nursing staff are already spread too thinly over too many patients." Read full story Source: BBC News, 15 August 2023
  10. News Article
    Two-thirds of NHS cancer waiting time targets are expected to be scrapped in England, in a move the health service says aims to catch cancers earlier. NHS bosses want to reduce the number of targets, most of which have been routinely missed in recent years, from nine to three. They say the plan is backed by leading cancer experts and will simplify the "outdated" standards. But some are concerned about the move. Pat Price, oncologist, visiting professor at Imperial College London and Head of the charity Radiology UK, said current performance was "shockingly bad", and while too many targets could be disruptive, "the clear and simple truth is that we are not investing enough in cancer treatment capacity". Read full story Source: BBC News, 14 August 2023
  11. News Article
    As junior doctors begin a four-day strike today with a two-day strike by consultants a fortnight later, Sir Julian Hartley, chief executive of NHS Providers, said: "Trust leaders are very worried about six more days of severe disruption across the NHS this month. "We could be close to a tipping point. Trusts and staff are pulling out all the stops to reduce waiting times for patients but with no end to strikes in sight the sheer volume of planned treatment being put back due to industrial action will make it almost impossible for trusts to cut waiting lists as much as the government wants. "Waiting lists are now at a record high of 7.57 million, the pressure on urgent and emergency care services is relentless and an already stretched NHS is gearing up for another high-demand winter as pressure on tight budgets mounts. "A string of strikes – which have led to more than 835,000 routine treatments and appointments being put back since December – is estimated to have cost the NHS around £1bn already including lost income and hiring expensive staff cover. "The number of rescheduled appointments could be close to 1 million after this month's strikes and consultants have called another two-day strike in September. There will be a long-lasting effect on patients who have had treatment delayed and on already low staff morale. "Concerns are mounting too over how patient safety will be maintained during August's strikes as many NHS services will be even more stretched as many staff are on much-needed summer holidays and cover is harder to secure. "It's vital that the government and unions find a breakthrough urgently. Trust leaders understand the strength of feeling among striking staff and why they're taking action. Everyone in the NHS wants to concentrate on treating more patients more quickly rather than spend days making plans to cope with strikes. "People can still rely on the NHS during strikes, calling 999 in an emergency. For less urgent cases people should use 111 online for help and advice."
  12. Content Article
    In this report, Patient Safety Learning considers the roles and responsibilities of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) in relation to patient safety, and how this fits in with the wider patient safety landscape in England. This article contains a summary of the report, which can be read in full here or from downloading the attachment below.
  13. Content Article
    This report by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) highlights the impact of midwifery staffing shortages on women. It looks at historical failures to invest appropriately in maternity services and talks about a mounting maternity crisis, drawing attention to Care Quality Commission inspections of maternity services that are identifying concerns around safety directly linked to staffing shortages. According to the report’s findings, if the number of NHS midwives in England had risen at the same pace as the overall health service workforce since the last general election, there would be no midwife shortage; there would be 3,100 more midwives in the NHS, rather than having a shortfall of 2,500 full-time midwives. The RCM published the results of a survey last month which showed that midwives give 100,000 hours of free labour to the NHS per week to ensure safe care for women. It also showed that staffing levels were repeatedly cited as cause for concern around the safety of care, and that midwives and maternity support workers are exhausted and burnt out.
  14. Content Article
    9.1 million people will be living with major illness by 2040, 2.5 million more than in 2019, according to this new report published by the Health Foundation. The analysis is part of a four-year project led by the Health Foundation’s Real Centre in partnership with the University of Liverpool, focusing on levels of ill health in the adult population in England up to 2040. It lays out the scale and impact of the growth in the number of people living with major illness as the population ages.
  15. Content Article
    This policy explains how the Structured Judgement Review (SJR) process is implemented within Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. The policy advises staff on how to undertake a mortality case record review, which documentation to use, in which circumstances an SJR is required and how the new process relates to previous systems and processes. The policy also explains how the process links to revised mortality reporting, escalation of concerns and dissemination of learning. It covers all inpatients and Emergency Department patients who die whilst in the Trust’s care, and patients who die within 30 days of discharge.
  16. Content Article
    This report summarises the key insights from the Birmingham ICS Delivery Forum event, held in Birmingham in April 2023. It places the discussions that took place into the broader context of health and care transformation, both at a local and national level, and uses wider sources and research to expand upon the key points.
  17. Content Article
    This is the transcript of an oral statement to the House of Commons by Steve Barclay MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on improving safety in mental health in-patient services across England.
  18. Content Article
    NHS services have been under increasing pressure in recent years, particularly since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have previously reported on the NHS’s efforts to tackle the backlogs in elective care and its progress with improving mental health services in England. This report gives an overview of NHS services that may be used when people need rapid access to urgent, emergency or other non-routine health services, and whether such services are meeting the performance standards the NHS has told patients they have a right to expect. It covers: general practice community pharmacy 111 calls ambulance services (including 999 calls) urgent treatment centres accident and emergency (A&E) departments.
  19. Content Article
    In this blog Aiden Fowler, the National Director of Patient Safety in England and a Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Social Care, reflects on progress made in implementing the NHS Patient Safety Strategy, four years on from its publication. He outlines some of the main programmes of work associated with this and considers their impact on avoidable harm in the NHS.
  20. Content Article
    This standard has been produced by NHS England to promote consistent delivery and quality of specialist orthodontic care provision to patients in England. It aims to ensure that resources invested by the NHS in specialist care are used in the most effective way, provide the best possible quality and quantity of care for patients and meet need rather than serve demand. The standard includes the following information: What is orthodontics? Complexity assessment Illustrative patient journey Assessing need Understanding current provision Model of care Clinical standard National key performance indicators Quality and outcome measures
  21. Content Article
    Despite their widespread use, the impact of commissioners’ policies for body mass index (BMI) for access to elective surgery is not clear. Policy use varies by locality, and there are concerns that these policies may worsen health inequalities. This study in BMC Medicine aimed to assess the impact of policies for BMI on access to hip replacement surgery in England. The authors used National Joint Registry data for 480,364 patients who had primary hip replacement surgery in England between January 2009 and December 2019. They found that rates of surgery fell after localities introduced policies restricting access to surgery based on BMI, whereas rates rose in localities with no policy. Localities with BMI policies have higher proportions of independently funded surgery and more affluent patients receiving surgery, indicating increasing health inequalities, and policies enforcing extra waiting time before surgery were associated with worsening mean pre-operative symptom scores and rising obesity. The authors recommend that BMI policies involving extra waiting time or mandatory BMI thresholds are no longer used to reduce access to hip replacement surgery.
  22. Content Article
    This course from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) is designed to support report writing for investigations and other learning responses. It is aimed at those who are leading and writing up reports following investigations and other learning frameworks and is open to staff working in NHS funded care in England. The course covers: Important elements of report language The common pitfalls when writing reports following investigations and other learning responses The application of report language to the PSIRF investigation report template An introduction to a tool to help support the review and development of learning responses Factors to consider when reviewing investigation reports and other learning responses
  23. Content Article
    The Department of Health and Social Care is seeking views and ideas on how to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage the six major groups of health conditions that most affect the population in England. These are: cancers cardiovascular disease, including stroke and diabetes chronic respiratory diseases dementia mental ill health musculoskeletal disorders The views and ideas gathered will inform the priorities and actions in the major conditions strategy. The consultation will close at 11:59pm on 27 June 2023.
  24. Content Article
    Social care in England entered the pandemic in a fragile state. With much already written about the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the social care sector, this new report from the Nuffield Trust in collaboration with the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre analyses the structural and systemic factors that influenced that initial national response. Covid had far-reaching impacts on social care and exacerbated many longstanding issues. This work seeks to highlight progress and identify where action is needed to create a more resilient system.
  25. Content Article
    This briefing by the NHS Confederation provides overview and analysis of the health and care bill.
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