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  1. Content Article
    Commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in February 2020, the Independent Investigation into East Kent Maternity services published its report last month highlighting patient safety failings in maternity and neonatal care services from 2009–2020 at two hospitals: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital at Margate and the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. This is another devastating report detailing cases of serious avoidable harm and preventable deaths in the NHS, stating that it found that: “... those responsible for the services too often provided clinic
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    The report identified: Poor practice including a lack of proper clinical investigation. Inaccurate diagnosis. Poor prescribing practices. Poor record keeping. Lack of openness and effective communication. Inappropriate treatment The risks of clinicians working in isolation. The expert panel has made specific recommendations for RQIA including: Ensuring that patients have direct access to doctors’ letters. Ensuring proper multidisciplinary team working. Tackling isolation in clinicians working alone. These important rec
  3. Content Article
    Addressing these safety challenges must be a key priority for the new Prime Minister and Health Secretary. This report makes five recommendations, highlighting the vital role that the intelligent collection and monitoring of patient safety data, and the rapid response to any concerns they raise, can play in the continuous improvement of patient safety. Underpinning all of these recommendations is the principle that, first and foremost, patient safety needs to be seen and truly understood from the patient’s perspective. Recommendations: The breadth of patient safety data needs to in
  4. News Article
    The rising number of women who have caesarean sections instead of natural births is causing concern for the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). The trust, which supports women through pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood, says it does not know why the rate of caesareans is increasing. One in four maternity services showed a caesarean rate of between 20% and 29.9%, and 2% of services had a rate of more than 30%, according to latest figures. The World Health Organization recommends that the acceptable rate is 10 to 15%. The maternity care working party, a multi-disciplinary gro
  5. Content Article
    Executive Summary Introduction Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer Access to treatment and surgery for people with pancreatic cancer Pancreatic cancer data Clinical research for pancreatic cancer Impact of the pandemic on people with pancreatic cancer Pancreatic cancer and the NHS Long Term Plan Key recommendations About Pancreatic Cancer UK Key recommendations: Early, and faster, diagnosis Development of an Optimal Care Pathway Better and more data Increased research investment Adapting the primary care mod
  6. Content Article
    Bipolar is a severe mental illness characterised by significant and sometimes extreme changes in mood and energy, which go far beyond most people’s experiences of feeling a bit down or happy. There are over one million people with bipolar in the UK1 – 30% more than those with dementia2 and twice as many as those with schizophrenia. Millions more are impacted through close friends and family. Launched in March 2021, the goal of the Bipolar Commission is to achieve parity of healthcare services for people with bipolar. Executive summary Full report
  7. Content Article
    The independent investigation into East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has today published a report setting out its findings and key areas where action is needed to improve patient safety in maternity and neonatal services.[1] The investigation was formally commissioned in February 2020. Its aim was to assess the systems and processes used by the Trust to monitor compliance and improve quality within the maternity and neonatal care pathway, evaluate their approach to risk management and implementing lessons learnt, and to assess the governance arrangements that oversee the delivery o
  8. Content Article
    This report sets out the findings of the Panel’s Investigation of maternity services at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, by: Describing how those responsible for the provision of maternity services failed to ensure the safety of women and babies, leading to repeated suboptimal care and poor outcomes – in many cases disastrous. Highlighting an unacceptable lack of compassion and kindness, impacting heavily on women and families both as part of their care and afterwards, when they sought answers to understand what had gone wrong. Delineating grossly flawed
  9. News Article
    A key national policy change recommended by the inquest which led to the East Kent maternity inquiry will not be implemented until next February – more than three years after it was called for by a coroner. The recommendation – that obstetric locum doctors be required to demonstrate more experience before working – was made in a prevention of future deaths report following the inquest into the death of seven-day-old Harry Richford at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust. The remaining 18 recommendations from the PFD report were requiring specific actions by the trust, rath
  10. News Article
    The deaths of at least 45 babies could have been avoided if nationally recognised standards of care had been provided at one of England’s largest NHS trusts, a damning inquiry has found. Dr Bill Kirkup, the chair of the independent inquiry into maternity at East Kent hospitals university NHS foundation trust, said his panel had heard “harrowing” accounts from families of receiving “suboptimal” care, with mothers ignored by staff and shut out from discussions about their own care. The inquiry’s report said: “An overriding theme, raised with us time and time again, is the failure of th
  11. News Article
    In 2018 the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (www.baaps.org.uk) dissuaded all its members from performing Brazilian Buttock Lift (BBL) surgery, until more data could be collated. The decision was taken due to the high death rate associated with the procedure. Now, following an extensive four-year review of clinical data, new technology and techniques, BAAPS has published its Gluteal Fat Grafting (GFG) guidelines. Gluteal fat grafting is currently the procedure with the biggest growth rate in plastic surgery worldwide, with an increase of around 20% year-on-year). It has
  12. Content Article
    Recommendations The Group makes 13 recommendations for Government, NHS and other bodies to initiate change and dispel the long-held taboo around ‘the change’, including to: Urgently scrap prescription costs for HRT in England, as is the case in all the devolved nations. Implement a health check for all women at 45 to help diagnose menopause at an earlier stage. Fund new research into the real benefits of HRT and the link between menopause and serious health conditions. Co-ordinate an employer-led campaign and improve guidance to drive up support for menopause in t
  13. Content Article
    Key findings Workforce and sector size An estimated 17,900 organisations were involved in providing or organising adult social care in England as at 2021/22. Those services were delivered in an estimated 39,000 establishments. There were also 65,000 individuals employing their own staff. The total number of adult social care posts in 2021/22 was 1.79m. 1.62m of these posts were filled by a person (filled posts) and 165,000 were posts that employers were actively seeking to recruit somebody to (vacancies). The adult social care sector was estimated to contribute £51.5 bi
  14. News Article
    Between April 2021 and March 2022, more than 400 pregnant women were prescribed the anti-epileptic medicine topiramate, which has been found to cause congenital malformations, figures published by NHS Digital have revealed. The data, published on 29 September 2022, covers prescribing of anti-epileptic drugs in females aged 0–54 years in England from 1 April 2018 through to 31 March 2022. Overall, it shows a reduction in the number of females prescribed sodium valproate; from 27,441 in April 2018 to 19,766 in March 2022. However, the numbers also show that sodium valproate, which can
  15. Content Article
    Coroner's concerns Substantial evidence was heard at the inquest with regard to observations which were not carried out in respect of Eliot Harris in accordance with NSFT’s Policy and with regard to staff not undergoing training and assessment of their competency to carry out observations correctly. Quality audits undertaken following Eliot Harris’s death, show that observations are still not being carried out and recorded in accordance with NSFT’s most recent policy – more than two years following Eliot’s death. Not all staff have completed training with regard to carrying out of obser
  16. Content Article
    During 2021-22, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continued to put intense pressure on healthcare services and required HIW to adapt its processes and approach to its work. This report outlines how HIW introduced new ways of working to ensure it discharged its statutory functions, whilst being as flexible and adaptable as possible to avoid putting undue pressure on health services. The report describes HIW's progress against its four strategic priorities: To maximise the impact of our work to support improvement in healthcare To take action when standards are not met To b
  17. Content Article
    Recommendations The report makes the following recommendations for designers and developers of digital tools, and the NHS organisations who select and implement them: Work with digital innovations that meet the highest standards for accessibility and usability; Test digital products and services thoroughly with a cross section of patients, providers and commissioners; Use data to optimise and improve delivery to improve outcomes and minimise exclusion over time. Understand how different people may need specific channels of delivery at different times or for differ
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