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  1. News Article
    A public inquiry into allegations of abuse of patients at Muckamore Abbey Hospital is under way. The hospital is run by the Belfast Health Trust and provides facilities for adults with special needs. With the terms of reference agreed, the inquiry panel will begin trying to establish what happened between residents and some members of staff, and also examine management's role. Seven people are facing prosecution. There have been more than 20 arrests. It was announced in June 2021 that the inquiry will be chaired by Tom Kark QC, who played a key role in the 2010 inquiry into
  2. News Article
    One of the largest hospital trusts in England has been downgraded by the care watchdog amid safety fears and criticism that bosses did not act on staff concerns. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it found bedpans covered in faeces, urine and hair during 10 visits to wards at University Hospitals Birmingham Trust in June. Staff in A&E told inspectors they were put under pressure to nurse patients in corridors. At one stage 20 ambulances were queuing outside Heartlands Hospital with patients waiting outside. The CQC said staff felt “disconnected from leaders” who didn’t s
  3. News Article
    NHS Highland says it expects to pay £3.4m in settlements to current and former staff who have complained of bullying. Whistleblowers exposed a "culture of bullying" at NHS Highland in 2018. A Scottish government-commissioned review suggested hundreds of health workers may have experienced inappropriate behaviour. So far 150 cases have been settled since the start of a "healing process", costing the health board more than £2m. Whistleblower Brian Devlin told BBC Scotland the scale of settlements made so far was "heartening", but he added that he continued to have concerns about
  4. News Article
    The backlog of serious clinical incidents that need investigating is building up throughout the NHS, due to the impact of coronavirus and emergency service pressures. Concerns have been raised by commissioners in some areas over the delays. Meanwhile, patients and families who have been harmed are waiting longer to see their cases resolved and the organisations involved are not learning the lessons taught by care failures as quickly as they should. Staff redeployment or absences due to COVID-19 are among the reasons why many investigations are being delayed. As result, trusts are at
  5. News Article
    Consultants at a major tertiary centre have written to their chief executive, warning services are in ‘an extremely unsafe situation’ and calling for elective work to be diverted elsewhere. Surgeons and anaesthetists at the former Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust — now part of University Hospitals Sussex Foundation Trust — said: “We are devastated to report that the care we aspire to is not being provided at UHS… we are forced to contemplate that it is not safe to be open as a trauma tertiary centre and we feel elective activity must be proactively diverted elsewhere.”
  6. News Article
    Leaked results from a national survey of NHS staff has revealed a sharp drop in those who believe their health and wellbeing is being supported by their employer. The People Pulse is a national, monthly survey launched in 2020. It enables provider and commissioner organisations to monitor the NHS workforce’s health and wellbeing. According to a snapshot of the results recorded between May and August seen by HSJ, there was a drop of 9.6 percentage points in “perceptions of wellbeing support”, with “positivity” sitting at 57.3%. Almost a quarter of the survey respondents reported
  7. News Article
    A mental health hospital in Suffolk has been closed after inspectors found it was failing to protect patients from harm and abuse. St John's House in Palgrave, near Diss, was previously rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). A further inspection of the 49-bed hospital found the care was "unacceptable" and "insufficient progress had been made regarding patient safety". The company that runs the hospital, Partnerships in Care, part of the Priory Group, has now decided to close the site. Stuart Dunn, CQC head of inspection for mental health and community services, s
  8. Event
    There is no “magic wand” for impacting patient experience in healthcare. Even the best tools and most proven strategies require coordination and commitment across the organization to succeed in delivering a better patient journey. Leading healthcare organizations understand that a great staff culture of service, robust process, and differentiated technology are all equally vital to creating an improved patient experience. Join Burl Stamp, FACHE, a national thought-leader on patient and employee engagement and a frequent author and speaker on contemporary leadership issues in health care,
  9. News Article
    Changes to maternity services during the pandemic, including the mandatory redeployment of midwives and doctors to care for infected patients, may have affected the care given to women who had stillborn babies, a Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) investigation has found. The safety watchdog launched an investigation after the number of stillbirths after the onset of labour increased between April and June 2020. During the three months there were 45 stillbirths compared to 24 in the same period in 2019. The HSIB launched a probe examining the care of 37 cases. Among its fi
  10. Content Article
    Safety recommendations HSIB made eight safety recommendations as a result of this investigation, five to NHS England and NHS Improvement, one to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, one to NHSX, and one to DHSC. HSIB recommends that future iterations of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ guidance clarify the management of a reported change in fetal movements during the third trimester of pregnancy with due regard to national policy. HSIB recommends that NHS England and NHS Improvement leads work to develop a process to ensure consistency
  11. News Article
    A retiring chief executive was “astonished” how many junior doctors had never met the senior directors of their hospitals — and stressed how being visible on the wards is “critical” to good leadership. Karen Partington, who has this month stepped down after 10 years leading Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, said she had made it her mission to understand the feelings and motivations of frontline staff. In an interview with HSJ, she was asked if being visible and spending significant time talking to frontline staff is the most important bit of advice she would give a firs
  12. News Article
    A culture of bullying and racial discrimination has been found at a hospital trust, according to an inspection report. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said there was a bullying culture across Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) Trust, with many staff too frightened to speak up. The trust has been told it requires improvement as a result of the report. NUH said it was working to address the concerns. The report said a number of the bullying cases were directly attributable to racial discrimination. It said the trust's latest staff survey showed the organisation was above
  13. News Article
    The deaths of three adults with learning disabilities at a failed hospital should prompt a review to prevent further "lethal outcomes" at similar facilities, a report said. The report looked at the deaths of Joanna Bailey, 36, and Nicholas Briant, 33, and Ben King, 32, between April 2018 and July 2020. It found here were significant failures in the care of the patients at Jeesal Cawston Park, Norfolk. Ms Bailey, who had a learning disability, autism, epilepsy and sleep apnoea, was found unresponsive in her bed and staff did not attempt resuscitation, while the mother of Mr King said
  14. News Article
    Health and care sector workers in England who decline to be fully vaccinated could be moved to back-office roles, a UK government minister has suggested, as a consultation on plans to mandate COVID-19 and flu vaccinations was launched. The six-week consultation process will take views on whether vaccine requirements should apply for health and wider social care workers – those in contact with patients and people receiving care. It would mean only those who are fully vaccinated, unless medically exempt, could be deployed to deliver health and care services. Speaking on Times Radi
  15. News Article
    A care home owner has said she was "forced" to ask two staff with Covid-19 to work because of a staff shortage. The Caledonia home in Holyhead, Anglesey, said 11 of its 12 residents had Covid and the two staff only cared for residents who were also positive. Ann Bedford said Anglesey council and an agency had both been unable to provide emergency cover for staff who were sick or isolating. After speaking to social services, it was agreed the staff could work. "I have never known a situation as bad as we faced over the last weekend. As a matter of course we have contingency plans
  16. News Article
    GP surgery staff are facing abuse from patients who are “angry and upset” that their blood test has been cancelled because of the NHS-wide chronic shortage of sample bottles. “Patients are angry when we ring them up and say, ‘Sorry we can’t do your blood test after all’. A lot of people are quite angry and concerned about their own health,” Dr David Wrigley, the deputy chair of council at the British Medical Association, said. “Patients are quite rightly upset and some get quite aggressive as well. They are worried because they don’t know what the implications of their cancelled test
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. News Article
    Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has been served with a section 29a warning notice by the Care Quality Commission requiring it to ensure a ‘more positive culture’. A CQC spokeswoman confirmed: “The trust was issued with a warning notice requiring it to take action to improve corporate and clinical governance and oversight of risk, and to ensure a more positive, open and supportive culture across the organisation. We will report on the full findings from the inspection as soon as we are able to.” Although it is still not clear why the warning was issued, the trust is currently en
  20. News Article
    Selena Brash, a clinical team lead with the East Hampshire school nursing team, has spoken out about the controversial plans to cut back public health nursing services in Hampshire. Ms Brash, in response to the Hampshire County Council plans to save £6.8m from its public health budget, started a petition earlier in the summer calling for increased funding “to protect the provision of school nurses”, warning that cuts to to public health school nursing services would “result in a detrimental effect on children and young people’s health and wellbeing, with lifelong consequences”. “If t
  21. Content Article
    In 2020, 4,561 deaths related to drug poisoning were registered in England and Wales (equivalent to a rate of 79.5 deaths per million people); this is 3.8% higher than the number of deaths registered in 2019 (4,393 deaths; 76.7 deaths per million). A worrying statistic, which the Transform Drugs Policy Foundation describes as #50YearsOfFailure: "For over 50 years, the war on drugs has caused injustice, suffering and tragedy to communities across the world. It's time to bring it to an end." In summary there were a record 2996 drug-related deaths in 2020: opioid deaths up 4.