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  1. News Article
    An inspection at a failing hospital trust has identified "some progress" but its services are still inadequate. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) in August. The Trust has been in special measures since 2018 and its maternity services are subject of a review following a high rate of baby and maternal deaths. The CQC said SaTH still had "significant work to do" to improve its patient care and safety standards. Inspectors highlighted particular concerns around risk management at the Trust which it said was "inconsistent
  2. Content Article
    Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is a national programme designed to improve medical care within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variations. By tackling variations in the way services are delivered across the NHS, and by sharing best practice between trusts, GIRFT identifies changes that will help improve care and patient outcomes, as well as delivering efficiencies, such as the reduction of unnecessary procedures, and cost savings. The programme was first conceived and developed by Professor Tim Briggs to review elective orthopaedic surgery to address a range of observed and undesirab
  3. Content Article
    Aims of this article To recognise the reasons why medicines-related harm remains an issue To refresh your knowledge of the aims of medicines optimisation To identify potential strategies that you could use in your area of practice to reduce the risk of medicines-related harm Key points Most adverse drug reactions are due to known side effects, and are predictable, dose-dependent and potentially preventable The shift from medicines management to the patient-focused outcomes of medicines optimisation means increased engagement in pharmacotherapeutics for all healt
  4. Content Article
    Sodium valporate carries a number of risks to the health of a developing fetus such as birth defects and problems with development and learning. The VSIG are working to reduce usage by 50% by 2023 and are supporting the implementation of the recommendations of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety (IMMDS) Review, published in July 2020.
  5. News Article
    NHS hospitals have been advised to protect all staff wearing PPE during the warmer weather amid concerns the higher temperatures could increase the risk of heat stress. A letter from Public Health England sent across GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals, have recommended that staff wearing PPE should be given regular breaks and have a buddy system so that signs of heat stress can be spotted early on. The letter describes how PPE may need to be changed more frequently which may increase demand. Symptoms of heat stress are similar to heat exhaustion and the necessary actions
  6. Content Article
    Play video The key topics covered in this video are as follows: Why is high-reliability important in addressing avoidable harm? (at 4 mins 25 secs). How culture impacts on the implementation and use of incident reporting solutions (at 8 mins). How incident reporting rates have changed during the pandemic (at 14 mins 25 secs). Positive reporting and learning from success (at 16 mins 25 secs). The role of Board members and non-executive directors understanding of incident reporting and risk management (at 22 mins 50 secs). Considering the importance of
  7. Event
    COVID-19 has been incredibly stressful—personally and professionally—and has profoundly affected everyone in healthcare, including those of us in patient safety, quality, and risk management. Join this Patient Safety Association's virtual round table to decompress and share your experiences. Some of your colleagues have offered to discuss their coping strategies, and please feel free to do the same. Resources from professionals trained to handle stress will be provided. Register
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