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  1. Content Article
    Demos is Britain's leading cross-party think tank, working on different policy areas, from improving public services to building a more collaborative democracy. In this blog, Miriam Levin, Director of Participatory Programmes at Demos, tells us about their recent report, “I love the NHS but…”: Preventing needless harms caused by poor communication in the NHS. She argues there is an urgent need to improve NHS communications for patients and staff if we are to prevent people falling through the gaps and suffering worse health outcomes. Miriam highlights key issues with NHS referrals, disjointed computer systems and gaps in patient information, and offers some potential solutions. 
  2. Content Article
    A swarm is designed to start as soon as possible after a patient safety incident occurs. Healthcare organisations in the US1 and UK2 have used swarm-based huddles to identify learning from patient safety incidents. Immediately after an incident, staff ‘swarm’ to the site to quickly analyse what happened and how it happened and decide what needs to be done to reduce risk. Swarms enable insights and reflections to be quickly sought and generate prompt learning. They can prevent: those affected forgetting key information because there is a time delay before their perspective on what happened is sought fear, gossip and blame; by providing an opportunity to remind those involved that the aim following an incident is learning and improvement information about what happened and ‘work as done’ being lost because those affected leave the organisation where the incident occurred. This swarm tool provided by NHS England integrates the SEIPS3 framework and swarm approach to explore in a post-incident huddle what happened and how it happened in the context of how care was being delivered in the real world (ie work as done). 
  3. Content Article
    We all have a right to receive information about our own health in a way we can understand. There is no excuse for poor-quality, inaccessible, information that excludes people. In this blog I will consider how these needs can be met and the implications for patient safety if they are not. I have written about accessible information in the past but in this blog, I will dig deeper into some specifics, namely: Special educational needs, learning difficulties and disabilities. Visual and hearing impairments. Dominant language.  If you’re interested in accessible information, I’d strongly recommend you familiarise yourself with the Accessible Information Standard – this is a standard that the NHS and adult social care have to adhere to by law when it comes to communicating with the general public. This blog will give some tips on how you can make sure you meet this standard. 
  4. Content Article
    The National Coronial Information System (NCIS) is an online repository of coronial data from Australia and New Zealand.
  5. Content Article
    Poor health literacy can inhibit patient or caregiver understanding of care instructions and threaten patient safety. This cross-sectional study from Selzer et al. of medically complex children treated at one academic hospital in Austria reveals that despite high levels of satisfaction with care, many caregivers do not understand medication management instructions at discharge. Misunderstandings were more likely to occur with higher numbers and/or new prescriptions, poor medication-related communication, and language or literacy barriers.
  6. Content Article
    This document outlines the concept and content of the World Health Organization (WHO) people-centred approach to addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in healthcare. It aims to address the challenges and barriers people face when accessing health services to prevent, diagnose and treat drug-resistant infections. It puts people and their needs at the centre of the AMR response and guides policy-makers in taking actions to mitigate AMR.
  7. Content Article
    This investigation looks into patient safety issues associated with airway management – the techniques used by healthcare professionals to help patients to get enough oxygen into their lungs, for example during surgery or a medical emergency. The reports findings, safety recommendations and safety observations are intended to help healthcare professionals quickly recognise whether someone has a potentially difficult airway and may need advanced airway management techniques to keep their airway open.
  8. Content Article
    In this infographic, the Patient Safety Commissioner for England, Dr Henrietta Hughes, sets out her strategy for supporting the development of a new culture for the health system centred on listening to patients.
  9. News Article
    NHS trusts are sharing intimate details about patients’ medical conditions, appointments and treatments with Facebook without consent and despite promising never to do so. An Observer investigation has uncovered a covert tracking tool in the websites of 20 NHS trusts which has for years collected browsing information and shared it with the tech giant in a major breach of privacy. The data includes granular details of pages viewed, buttons clicked and keywords searched. It is matched to the user’s IP address – an identifier linked to an individual or household – and in many cases details of their Facebook account. Information extracted by Meta Pixel can be used by Facebook’s parent company, Meta, for its own business purposes – including improving its targeted advertising services. Records of information sent to the firm by NHS websites reveal it includes data which – when linked to an individual – could reveal personal medical details. It was collected from patients who visited hundreds of NHS webpages about HIV, self-harm, gender identity services, sexual health, cancer, children’s treatment and more. It also includes details of when web users clicked buttons to book an appointment, order a repeat prescription, request a referral or to complete an online counselling course. Millions of patients are potentially affected. Read full story Source: The Guardian, 27 May 2023
  10. Content Article
    Learning vicariously from the experiences of others at work, such as those working on different teams or projects, has long been recognised as a driver of collective performance in organisations. Yet as work becomes more ambiguous and less observable in knowledge-intensive organisations, previously identified vicarious learning strategies, including direct observation and formal knowledge transfer, become less feasible. Drawing on ethnographic observations and interviews with flight nurse crews in an air medical transport program, Chris Myers inductively build a model of how storytelling can serve as a valuable tool for vicarious learning. He explores a multistage process of triggering, telling, and transforming stories as a means by which flight nurses convert the raw experience of other crews’ patient transports into prospective knowledge and expanded repertoires of responses for potential future challenges. Further, he highlights how this storytelling process is situated within the transport programme’s broader structures and practices, which serve to enable flight nurses’ storytelling and to scale the lessons of their stories throughout the entire programme. He discusses the implications of these insights for the study of storytelling as a learning tool in organizations, as well as for revamping the field’s understanding of vicarious learning in knowledge-intensive work settings.
  11. Content Article
    This study evaluated the impact of narrative/story-based approaches to safety messages; e.g. injury stories on actual safety behaviour versus mechanistic instructions without use of anecdotes and ‘traditional abstract safety messages’. Story-based messages resulted in a 19% improvement in safety behaviour compared with non-narrative comms.
  12. Content Article
    Patient safety and healthcare information are inextricably linked. But how can you be certain the content you’ve produced, or information you have received as a patient, is indeed ‘safe’? The sheer volume of information available is staggering – be it a leaflet about skin cancer, a poster about vaccines in your GP waiting room, a YouTube video about healthy living or a consent form for a surgical procedure. The list goes on and on and, without professional review, there really is no knowing how safe that information is. If you work in the healthcare sector, and especially if you work in the creation of healthcare information, you will probably be familiar with the Patient Information Forum and their ‘PIF TICK’. The PIF TICK provides reassurance that what is being given to patients is: safe reliable accurate accessible.   At EIDO Healthcare, we were awarded our first PIF TICK in October 2020 and have had it successfully renewed every year since. In this blog, I will talk about my experience of receiving and maintaining a PIF TICK for our library of information leaflets for patients needing surgery.
  13. 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. Sonia talks to us about how her role at NHS Confederation helps her understand the issues facing NHS staff and why she decided to start drawing graphics to communicate important information to patients and staff.
  14. Content Article
    If you’ve recently used maternity services, or if you’re pregnant at the moment, the Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB) would like to invite you to join one of their online workshops in January 2024. Each session will last no longer than 1 hour 30 minutes and you’ll receive a £25 shopping voucher to thank you for your time if you attend. The PRSB are working with the NHS to improve how information about your health is recorded and shared during your pregnancy and after your baby has been born. This could include information about treatment or advice you’ve received, tests and scans you’ve had or decisions you’ve made about your maternity care.   Find out more about the project, and how to book onto a workshop via the link below.
  15. Content Article
    In this article, published by Med Page Today, clinical trials are the cornerstone of evidence-based medicine authors argue that: "All trial results - positive, negative, and neutral - must be made publicly available to allow for transparent decision-making by patients, physicians, and regulators. Without complete data, the evidence gets distorted: harms are downplayed, and benefits are overstated."
  16. Content Article
    This toolkit from the Institute from Healthcare Improvement (IHI) equips patient safety and finance leaders with tools and a collaborative approach to make a compelling business case for organizational investments to advance patient and workforce safety initiatives.
  17. News Article
    The NHS has been accused of “breaking the law” by creating a massive data platform that will share information about patients. Four organisations are bringing a lawsuit against NHS England claiming that there is no legal basis for its setting up of the Federated Data Platform (FDP). They plan to seek a judicial review of its decision. NHS England sparked controversy last week when it handed the £330m contract to establish and operate the FDP for seven years from next spring to Palantir, the US spytech company. The platform involves software that will allow health service trusts and also integrated care systems, or regional groupings of trusts, to share information much more easily in order to improve care. Rosa Curling, director of Foxglove, a campaign group that monitors big tech and which is co-ordinating the lawsuit, said: “The government has gambled £330m on overhauling how NHS data is handled but bizarrely seems to have left off the bit where they make sure their system is lawful. NHS England says the platform will help hospitals tackle the 7.8m-strong backlog of care they are facing and enable them to discharge sooner patients who are medically fit to leave. But this may be the first in a series of legal actions prompted by fears that the FDP could lead to breaches of sensitive patient health information, and to data ultimately being sold. “You can’t just massively expand access to confidential patient data without making sure you also follow the law.” Read full story Source: The Guardian, 30 November 2023
  18. News Article
    Patients are at risk of having serious health conditions missed because of the lack of continuity of care provided by GPs, the NHS safety watchdog says. Investigators highlighted the case of Brian who was seen by eight different GPs before his cancer was spotted as an example of what can go wrong. Brian had a history of breast cancer and had been discharged from the breast cancer service. Two years later he began to have back pain. Over the following eight months, he saw two out-of-hours GPs and six GPs based at his local practices as well as a physio and GP nurse, before he was sent for a hospital check-up in late 2020. A secondary cancer had developed on Brian's spine, but it was too late to offer him curative treatment and he was given end-of-life care. He has since died. The watchdog said the lack of continuity of care resulted in the diagnosis of Brian's cancer being missed. One of the key problems was that the different GPs he saw missed the fact he was attending repeatedly for the same issue. Senior investigator Neil Alexander said Brian's case was a "stark example" of what can happen when there is a breakdown in continuity of care. "He told our team 'when I am gone, no-one else should have to go through what I did'." Read full story Source: BBC News, 30 November 2023
  19. Content Article
    Patients who visit their GP practice with an ongoing health problem may see several different GPs about the same symptoms. To make sure they receive safe and efficient care, there needs to be a system in place to ensure continuity of care. In the context of this report, continuity of care is where a patient has an ongoing relationship with a specific doctor, or when information is managed in a way that allows any doctor to care for a patient. While some GP practices in England operate a formalised system of continuity of care, many do not. This investigation explored the safety risk associated with the lack of a system of continuity of care within GP practices. The investigation focused on: How GP practices manage continuity of care. This includes how electronic record systems alert GPs to repeat attendances for symptoms that are not resolving and how information is shared across the healthcare system. Workload pressures that affect the ability of GP practices to deliver continuity of care. This investigation’s findings, safety recommendations and safety observations aim to prevent the delayed diagnosis of serious health conditions caused by a lack of continuity of care and to improve care for patients across the NHS.
  20. Content Article
    In a multicultural society, individuals from diverse linguistic backgrounds may face language barriers when seeking healthcare. Effective communication is essential to ensure that patients can accurately express their symptoms, concerns and medical history, and understand the information given to them by healthcare providers. In this blog, Kathryn Alevizos discusses some of the common language barriers non-native English speaking patients can experience, and offers practical advice on how we can all improve our intercultural communication skills.
  21. Content Article
    TrialResults.com present the results of completed clinical trials in an easy to understand format. The site allows you to search for clinical trials related to different areas and conditions, and filter results by country and sponsor. You can they view and download a Plain English summary of each trial. It was set up by TrialAssure, a global company committed to clinical trial and human health data transparency for the entire pharmaceutical industry.
  22. News Article
    A new report by US healthcare communications agency GCI Health found that Black women aren't avoiding clinical trials due to mistrust. The reasons for their underrepresentation are “more layered and nuanced.” The report is based on a recent summer survey with 500 responses from Black women across the USA. It reveals that, while the majority (80%) are "open" to participating in a clinical trial, 73% have never been asked to do so. While it's commonly believed that Black women are unwilling to participate in trials due to mistrust of the healthcare and biopharma systems, GCI's survey responses unveiled a more complex perspective. The data suggest “that access to information is the largest barrier to participation, rather than mistrust in the medical establishment, as commonly believed,” GCI Health’s report found. “We often hear that Black women are missing from clinical research because they are ‘hard-to-reach’ or reluctant to participate due to mistrust of the medical establishment,” said Kianta Key, group senior vice president and head of identity experience at GCI Health, in a press release. “In talking with women, we heard something more layered and nuanced that deserved exploration.” “Our industry has a responsibility to reverse years of underrepresentation in clinical trials and do more to support better healthcare outcomes for Black women,” said Kristin Cahill, global CEO of GCI Group, in the release. “Equity is critical to ensure new treatments and health interventions work for everyone. This research helps get us closer to understanding what needs to be done to make positive changes that will save lives and create healthier communities.” Read full story Source: Fierce Pharma, 14 November 2023
  23. 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.
  24. Content Article
    Good patient communication is key, particularly when a patient is waiting for planned care or treatment. From referral by a primary care clinician through to discharge from secondary care, clear, accessible communication is vital throughout. This guide from NHS England sets out key communication principles to help providers deliver personalised, patient-centred communications. It includes considerations for communicating to patients about new models of care as well as helpful information and resources. It covers key aspects of patient communication while waiting for care including personalisation, using clear language, shared decision making, managing delays and cancellations and offering interim health information.
  25. News Article
    The safety of people with learning disabilities in England is being compromised when they are admitted to hospital, a watchdog says. The Health Services Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) reviewed the care people receive and said there were "persistent and widespread" risks. It warned staff are not equipped with the skills or support to meet the needs of patients with learning disabilities. The watchdog launched its review after receiving a report about a 79-year-old who died following a cardiac arrest two weeks after being admitted to hospital. As part of its investigation, HSSIB also looked at the care provided in other places to people with learning disabilities. It warned systems in place to share information about them were unreliable, and that there was an inconsistency in the availability of specialist teams - known as learning disability liaison services - that were in place in hospitals to support general staff. It also said general staff had insufficient training - although it did note a national mandatory training programme is currently being rolled out. Senior investigator Clare Crowley said: "If needs are not met, it can cause distress and confusion for the patient and their families and carers, and raises the risk of poor health outcomes and, in the worst cases, harm." Read full story Source: BBC News, 2 November 2023
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