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  1. Content Article
    An estimated 237 million medication errors occur in the NHS in England every year. In March 2017, the World Health Organisation launched its third global patient safety challenge, ‘Medications without harm’, with the aim of reducing severe avoidable medication-related harm by 50% in five years. Medicines safety is a key focus of the CQC's regulatory work with trusts, aligning with its ‘Safety through learning’ strategy and commitment to help reduce avoidable harm. Between May and July 2021, the CQC carried out a review of medication safety in 95% of England’s NHS trusts. They spoke w
  2. Content Article
    Last Friday I joined the Patient Safety Management Network where the topic of discussion was AARs – what was already known, what wasn’t, how people are implementing AARs, the benefits they’re seeing and what more is needed to help people share their experiences and useful ‘how to’ resources. Here I’ll briefly summarise this valuable discussion and the insights shared by members of the Network, which included both Patient Safety Managers and Assistant Directors of Patient Safety and Quality, with a wide range of professional backgrounds and knowledge in the topic. This is ahead of Judy Wa
  3. Community Post
    Subject: Looking for Clinical Champions (Patient Safety Managers, Risk Managers, Nurses, Frontline clinical staff) to join AI startup Hello colleagues, I am Yesh. I am the founder and CEO of Scalpel. <www.scalpel.ai> We are on a mission to make surgery safer and more efficient with ZERO preventable incidents across the globe. We are building an AI (artificially intelligent) assistant for surgical teams so that they can perform safer and more efficient operations. (I know AI is vaguely used everywhere these days, to be very specific, we use a sensor fusion approach and deplo
  4. News Article
    New data from NHS Digital on the latest vacancy statistics shows as of June 2021 there were 38,952 registered nurse vacancies across the health service, with the Royal College of Nursing saying news of worsening nurse shortages should “stun” ministers into taking action. RCN England director, Patricia Marquis, has said: “As health and care services head into what will be a very difficult winter, this should stun ministers to address the rising number of nursing vacancies and prevent further risk to patient care. After the pressures from the last 18 months we also know that many experienc
  5. News Article
    Doctors have warned GPs are having to make difficult choices about which patients get blood tests because of the ongoing shortage of test tubes, describing it as a "perilous" situation. Due to the shortages, the NHS in England and Wales have told surgeries and hospitals to temporarily stop some blood testing, which includes tests for fertility, allergies and pre-diabetes. One woman, Alison Webb, has said she cannot have her yearly thyroid and cholesterol checked due to the shortages - and her tests are already overdue by four months. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson sai
  6. News Article
    A private ambulance company, KFA Medical, which provided patient transport services for the NHS has been deregistered by the Care Quality Commission over concerns for patient safety. Concerns included lack of basic training and Disclosure and Barring Service checks on employees were not up to date or had not been carried out and when looking at four staff files none had current basic life support training. Sarah Dronsfield, the CQC’s head of hospital inspection, said: “We have been working with the provider since their suspension in January, however when we carried out this inspection, w
  7. News Article
    Police raised concerns to the Care Quality Commission over the care at a private hospital, run by Cygnet Health Care, after being called eight times by a patient, a report has revealed. The CQC has now placed the hospital, which provides care for female patients with learning difficulties, in special measures and rated it inadequate. The CQC report, published today, said: “Staff we spoke with said they were trained in how to use de-escalation techniques. However, two told us they were anxious as a team about using restraint. As a result, police were being regularly called to respond
  8. News Article
    According to reports, senior managers at an NHS trust knew up to 30 cancers may have gone undetected two years before an official probe into a backlog of thousands of X-rays. Although the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Healthwatch made investigations in 2016, neither one were told of potential harm to patients. The backlog was publicly exposed by Ken Hall, who approached the Care Quality Commission in 2016, where it then identified 11,000 X-rays had not been processed, but was subsequently struck off after allegations of fraud. "These go through a rigorous quality assurance proce
  9. News Article
    According to Elizabeth Cotton, of Cardiff Metropolitan University, an expert in mental health at work, more than four in 10 – 41 per cent – of therapists working for the NHS’s talking treatments programme had been asked to manipulate data about patients’ progress. This was done in order to to improve the scheme’s apparent achievement rates, although NHS chiefs insist patients’ views are recorded when therapists are not present. Read full story. Source: The Independent, 26 August 2021
  10. News Article
    On 10 August NHS England issued guidance for healthcare workers, including medical directors and GPs, in the light of global shortages of blood tube products, now, doctors have raised concerns about the effects that a shortage of blood tubes in England will have on patient care and the NHS, which already faces backlogs. Read full story (paywalled). Source: BMJ, 24 August 2021
  11. News Article
    The authors of a new study in Australia, published in the Emergency Medicine Journal, have said moving emergency care patients to other hospital departments by wheelchair or trolley is prone to a high rate of mishaps, with nearly 40% leading to incidents. The study, which took place at Austin Hospital, a teaching hospital in the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg, also found endotracheal tubes, ventilator hoses, and arterial lines were also associated with high mishap rates. “Risk events are common and some result in harm. Risk factors include a high equipment number, transport to a war
  12. News Article
    BBC News Research has revealed disabled and vulnerable adults in England will face a steep rise in the amount they have to pay towards their care, with Directors of council services blaming years of government funding cuts. One woman, Saskia Granville earlier this year was shocked when she found her care charges had increased from £92 to £515 per month. A sum of almost £1,500 was also taken out of Saskia's bank account as a backdated payment, in March, leaving her in debt. Her mother, Bobbie, says: "Without my intervention, she wouldn't have had any food that week. She wouldn't have
  13. News Article
    Midwives at Suffolk Hospital have spoken out in a whistleblowing letter describing problems in their department as ‘demoralising and heartbreaking’. In the letter, written by midwives who declined to give their names "for fear of retribution", describe constant staff shortages, a culture of blame and fear, a high pressure environment and substandard care, saying " We entered midwifery to be able to give women centred, holistic care. Instead it feels like we are being overwhelmed by the unmanageable and relentless workload, and as a result are giving substandard care which is demoralising
  14. News Article
    Almost 100 members of the army have been brought in to help four ambulance trusts amid staff shortages in the South Central, South West, North East and East areas of England, with Unison saying it was a sign "things were not right". Vicky Court, assistant chief operating officer at North East Ambulance Services has said "It will ensure everyone continues to get the care they need by freeing up paramedics to be more available to attend potentially life-threatening incidents." Read full story. Source: BBC News, 21 August 2021
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