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  1. Content Article
    The Ombudsman transparently and thoughtfully reflects on improvements needed in the Ombudsman’s service. Derek reflects on the improvements he is looking for from other organisations and the healthcare system. Messages and themes include: not listening to the concerns of the mother and failings during labour and birth patients having to join the dots to get information and investigations confusing system and organisational responsibilities for responding to complaints is the system is learning and taking action to prevent future avoidable harm?
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    'Dr Lucy Johnstone, one of the lead authors of the Power Threat Meaning Framework, said: "The Power Threat Meaning Framework can be used as a way of helping people to create more hopeful narratives or stories about their lives and the difficulties they have faced or are still facing, instead of seeing themselves as blameworthy, weak, deficient or ‘mentally ill’. It highlights and clarifies the links between wider social factors such as poverty, discrimination and inequality, along with traumas such as abuse and violence, and the resulting emotional distress or troubled behaviour, whet
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    1 Medication delays: A huge risk for inpatients with Parkinson’s In this blog, Laura Cockram, Head of Policy and Campaigning at Parkinson's UK talks about the serious health implications of medication delays for people living with Parkinson's disease. She also offers recommendations for how hospitals can reduce the risk of harm. 2 Improving safety for diabetic inpatients: 4 key steps In this short film, National Specialty Advisor for Diabetes, Partha Kar shares 4 steps for improving the safety of diabetic inpatients. 3 Neonatal herpes: Why healthcare staff with cold sores s
  4. Content Article
    About the framework This sets out how NHS organisations should involve patients in patient safety and is divided into two parts: Part A: Involving patients in their own safety Part B: Patient safety partner (PSP) involvement in organisational safety Part A: Involving patients in their own safety The first part of this framework describes how organisations should support patients, their families and carers to be directly involved in their own or their loved one’s safety. It provides guidance on the following approaches to this: Encouraging patients to ask questions
  5. News Article
    The health secretary will face questions about compensation for victims of the contaminated blood scandal on Friday afternoon. Matt Hancock will give evidence at a public inquiry into what's been called the worst NHS treatment disaster. Around 3,000 people have died after being given blood containing HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s. Ministers announced a public inquiry into the scandal in 2017 after decades of campaigning by victims and their families. Nearly 5,000 people with the blood disorder haemophilia were infected with potentially fatal viruses after being given a c
  6. News Article
    The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is facing being taken to court over an inquiry it launched into the deaths of dozens of mental health patients in Essex. Last year, the government said it would commission an independent inquiry into at least 36 inpatient deaths in Essex, which had taken place over the last two decades. However, more than 70 families are calling for a full statutory public inquiry, which can compel witnesses to give evidence. They have lodged judicial review proceedings at the High Court against the government to that effect. The DHSC said it could
  7. Content Article
    Having a child with a food allergy can have a devastating effect on all of the family. Research by the University of East Anglia last month (March) revealed that almost half (42%) of parents of children living with food allergies have suffered trauma that meets the criteria for post-traumatic stress symptoms.[1] It’s a shocking figure, but perhaps not surprising. Between 6 and 8% of children have a food allergy, with the most common being eggs, milk and peanuts. The number of people admitted to hospital for severe food allergies has tripled over the past two decades according to research
  8. News Article
    Campaigners have started legal action against the government over guidance that bans care home residents in England aged 65 and over from taking trips outside the home. John's Campaign, of residents and their loved ones, says the ban is unlawful. They are also challenging the requirement for residents to self-isolate for 14 days after such visits. The government said its guidance provides a "range of opportunities" for visitors to spend time with loved ones. Nearly all residents have now had at least one dose of the vaccine, and care homes have been cautiously reopening, allowin
  9. Content Article
    Parents were recruited to complete a 21-item survey about the needs of their child with an ASD while in the hospital. ASD diagnosis was reported by parents at the time of the survey. The results of the survey were analysed and evaluated in three distinct categories of need. The authors documented a range of responses associated with ASD-specific needs during hospitalisation. Common concerns included child safety and the importance of acknowledging individual communication methods. The study concluded that in a population of children with ASDs, parents report a diverse range of need
  10. Content Article
    This project was commissioned because of an issue with multiple medicines records being held by different agencies for local children with complex needs and at the end of life. The project was highly commended by NICE and a poster was presented at the NICE Annual Conference in 2015 (see poster below). This duplication of records was believed to be a major risk factor for medicines errors and a waste of clinical time. It also meant that parents needed to repeat information about their children’s medicines time and again, as they accessed services, including inpatient services, tertiary cen
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    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed huge problems with the way Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions are made, understood and communicated with people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. There have been reports of unlawful blanket decision-making and of DNACPR orders noted without discussion with the people involved. This webinar will focus on some of the questions that have been raised over the past year. What exactly is DNACPR? Why are the terms DNR or DNAR unhelpful, confusing and potentially dangerous? In what circumstances is CPR not a go
  12. News Article
    The COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group has told Downing Street it wants a statutory public inquiry led by a senior judge to “determine a definitive, official, evidence-based narrative of what did and did not happen, independent of political influence” during the pandemic. The group considers it potentially cathartic and wants the families’ grief heard. Frontline health workers also want a wide-ranging inquiry to provide a platform for their experiences, while minority ethnic leaders believe an inquiry can only determine what went wrong if wider societal inequalities relating to
  13. Event
    Think back to 2006 and recall what you knew about patient safety, and patients as partners in safety. Now, pause for a second to reflect on where we are now, in 2021. Then, imagine what you want patient safety to look like in 15 years – 2036 to be specific. Join the Canadian Patient Safety Insitute in exploring how patients, families and communities have helped shape patient safety in the past 15 years, and contribute your thoughts on how we can accelerate safety efforts together in the next 15 years. In celebration of Patients for Patient Safety Canada's 15th anniversary, we will share
  14. News Article
    Bereaved families have been left feeling like their efforts to improve patient safety have been ‘in vain’ as progress of a government programme instigated by Jeremy Hunt appears to have ‘stalled’. The Learning from Deaths programme board, which was set up in 2017 to develop guidance for trusts working with families on investigations of deaths, has not met since June 2019. Josephine Ocloo and David Smith, two bereaved family members who were on the board, have written to HSJ, saying the programme’s progress has “stalled”. They added many of the issues it was set up to consider ha
  15. News Article
    A national safety watchdog has been forced to release almost 100 pieces of evidence, including names of NHS staff, after being ordered to by courts. A freedom of information request, submitted by HSJ, has revealed the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has been required to release 93 interviews with staff, family members and external experts, along with their identities, over the last two years. The interviews, which relate to HSIB investigations involving hospital trusts across England, were released to coroner’s courts through eight separate orders dating from February
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