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  1. News Article
    Almost one in three NHS employees have had to take time off work suffering poor mental health in the past year, new research suggests. The Unison union said its survey of 12,000 health workers shows the impact of a staffing crisis, with many suffering “burnout”. Panic attacks, high blood pressure, chest pains and headaches are among the physical signs of stress reported by nurses, porters, 999 call handlers and other NHS staff who completed the survey. The news comes as more than half of the mental health hubs launched for NHS workers after the pandemic have closed since last year, according to the British Psychological Society. Unison said workforce pressures are taking a huge toll as staff tackle a waiting list backlog, with many struggling to look after their wellbeing. Of those who were off with mental health problems, one in five said they did not tell their employer the real cause of their absence, mainly because they did not feel their manager or employer would be supportive. The union said staff feel undervalued and frustrated, with many quitting for less stressful jobs that pay more. Read full story Source: The Independent, 8 April 2024
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    In this report, Patient Safety Learning analyses the results of questions in the NHS Staff Survey 2023 specifically relating to reporting, speaking up and acting on patient safety concerns. It raises questions as to why there has been so little progress despite policy intention in this area. It concludes by setting out the need to improve the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of work seeking to create a safety culture across the NHS. This article contains a summary of the report, which can be read in full here or from downloading the attachment below.
  3. Content Article
    Sepsis Research FEAT and the James Lind Alliance launched a survey last year giving health and social care professionals and sepsis patients and their carers the unique opportunity to shape future sepsis research.   They are now launching phase 2 of the survey.
  4. Content Article
    The British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey assesses public mood about the NHS, and the 2023 results reveal record low levels of satisfaction with the health service. This Nuffield Trust blog takes a closer look at what the results tell us.
  5. Content Article
    Patients in England value the NHS App, but some users say there are limits to the information they can access, or find it difficult to use, according to a new report from the Digital Coalition.  Patients who need help to use the NHS App would value more support materials to enable them to use it independently, according to the report’s findings. But survey respondents were clear that using the NHS App must remain the patient’s choice, and face-to-face services must be retained. The report is based on findings from a survey run by The Patient Coalition for AI, Data and Digital Tech in Health (also known as the Digital Coalition). More than 600 people from across England completed the survey.
  6. News Article
    Public satisfaction with the NHS has dropped again, setting a new low recorded by the long-running British Social Attitudes survey. Just 24% said they were satisfied with the NHS in 2023, with waiting times and staff shortages the biggest concerns. That is five percentage points down on last year and a drop from the 2010 high of 70% satisfaction. The findings on the NHS, published by the Nuffield Trust and King's Fund think tanks, show once again that performance has deteriorated after a new record low was seen last year. In total, since 2020, satisfaction has fallen by 29 percentage points. Of the core services, the public was least satisfied with A&E and dentistry. The survey also showed satisfaction with social care had fallen to 13% - again the lowest since the survey began. The major reasons for dissatisfaction were long waiting times, staffing shortages and lack of funding. Read full story Source: BBC News, 27 March 2024
  7. Content Article
    Public satisfaction with the NHS has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded, according to analysis of the latest British Social Attitudes survey (BSA) published by The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust. Just 24% of people are satisfied with the way the NHS is running, a fall of 5 percentage points from 2022 and a 29 percentage point drop since 2020. Despite these record lows, the overwhelming majority of survey respondents expressed high levels of support for the principles the NHS was founded upon, in particular that it should be free of charge when needed. Nearly half of those surveyed also support the government increasing taxes and spending more on the NHS.
  8. News Article
    More than 58,000 NHS staff reported sexual assaults and harassment from patients, their relatives and other members of the public in 2023 in the health service’s annual survey. For the first time ever, the NHS staff survey for England asked workers if they had been the target of unwanted sexual behaviour, which includes inappropriate or offensive sexualised comments, touching and assault. Of the 675,140 NHS staff who responded, more than 84,000 reported sexual assaults and harassment by the public and other staff last year. About 1 in 12 (58,534) said they had experienced at least one incident of unwanted sexual behaviour from patients, patients’ relatives and other members of the public in 2023. Almost 26,000 staff (3.8%) also reported unwanted sexual behaviour from colleagues. Rates were highest among ambulance workers, with more than 27% reporting sexual harassment from the public and just over 9% from colleagues. The survey also found record numbers of health workers experienced discrimination, including racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism, from patients and colleagues last year. Read full story Source: The Guardian, 7 March 2024
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    In this blog, Patient Safety Partners Anne Rouse and Chris Wardley and Patient Safety Learning’s Chief Executive, Helen Hughes, examine the results of a recent survey of Patient Safety Partners (PSPs). The results reveal significant variation in how the PSP role is being implemented in NHS organisations in England and highlight frustration, barriers and successes that people in the role are experiencing.
  10. Content Article
    The NHS Staff survey is one of the largest workforce surveys in the world and is carried out every year to improve staff experiences across the NHS. It asks staff in England about their experiences of working for their respective NHS organisations. Of the 1.4 million NHS employees in England, 707,604 staff responded to the survey in 2023.
  11. News Article
    Poorer people find it much harder to access NHS care than the well-off and have a worse experience when they do get it, research by the health service’s consumer watchdog has found. Those on the lowest incomes have much more difficulty getting a GP appointment, dental care or help with mental health problems, according to a survey by Healthwatch England. They are also more likely to feel they are not listened to by a health professional and not involved in key decisions about their care compared with those who are financially comfortable. The links between poverty and ill-health are well known, but the Healthwatch findings show that the worse-off also face the disadvantage what the watchdog called barriers to obtaining healthcare when they need it. The findings have prompted fears that the NHS is too often a “two-tier service” with access closely related to wealth, and calls for it to do more to make services more accessible to everyone. Healthwatch’s survey of 2,018 people aged 16 and over in England, which was a representative sample of the population, found that: 42% of those who described their financial situation as “really struggling” said they had trouble getting to see a GP, double the 21% of those who were “very comfortable”. 38% of the worst-off found it hard to get NHS dental care, compared with 20% of the better-off. 28% of the very poor had difficulty accessing mental health treatment, whereas only 9% of the very comfortable did so. Read full story Source: The Guardian, 4 March 2024
  12. Content Article
    This project aims to develop peer consensus centred on specific themes defined by the steering group covering topics relevant to the optimal, universal and evidence-based care bundle to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs). It will support building expert consensus around best practices when selecting the care bundle to reduce surgical site infections in practice. It is hoped that the output will support best practice patient management in Europe. The survey takes under 10 minutes to complete. Please review each statement and indicate your level of agreement with it (tick one box only per statement). Please only complete this questionnaire once. Your anonymous responses will be a source of data for the development of a consensus publication. This project has been initiated and funded by Becton Dickinson and is being managed and delivered by Triducive.
  13. Content Article
    Although disparities in surgical outcomes are well-documented, understanding of how socioecological factors drive these disparities remains limited. This US study’s objective was to develop and assess the acceptability and feasibility of a comprehensive tool to evaluate socioecological determinants of health in patients requiring colorectal surgery. The authors developed an 88-item assessment tool measuring 31 socioecological determinants of health. It was assessed as having high acceptability and feasibility for patients who required colorectal surgery. The authors concluded that this work will help to identify what research is needed to understand and address surgical disparities.
  14. News Article
    Working with physician and anaesthesia associates actually increases a doctor’s workload rather than freeing up time to focus on care of patients, a BMA survey finds.1 The association surveyed more than 18 000 UK doctors to inform its position on physician and anaesthesia associates. Some 55% (7397 of 13 344 who responded to this question) reported that their workload had risen since the employment of medical associate professionals, with only 21% (2799 of 13 344) reporting a decreased workload. The House of Lords will shortly consider legislation to regulate physician associates under the General Medical Council rather than the Health and Care Professions Council. Read full story (paywalled) Source: BMJ, 2 February 2024
  15. Content Article
    "Our #health system in the UK is in a mess. It has failed to modernise (by this I mean to become fully accountable to #patients and the public, and truly patient-led). Instead, the system has become more and more hierarchical, bureaucratic and crony ridden, mostly as a result of constant meddling and pointless reorganisations instigated by politicians. All political parties in government for the past 30 years have had a hand in this decline." This is my view? What is yours? A new Inquiry gives us all an opportunity to have our say. I am proud to have worked in and for the NHS for most of my working life; proud to have been trained in the #NHS and proud of the work being carried out by clinical teams today. Great work which has benefited patients, often not because of the leadership but despite of the leadership. I'm retired so I can say what I like. If I were working and said anything even vaguely like criticism, however constructive it was, I would be out of a job and my career would be blighted for life. I'm speaking from experience here, unfortunately. I urge everyone to respond to the consultation (link below). In your response think forensically and write it as a statement of truth. Acknowledge the successes and areas that have delivered safe and effective services. If you are being critical give examples and say if it is an opinion or back up what you say with evidence. If we work together across boundaries we can develop a truly patient-led NHS.
  16. Content Article
    In 2023, the Royal College of Surgeons of England surveyed the UK surgical workforce to identify the key challenges facing surgical teams and to inform workforce planning. Respondents included consultants, surgeons in training, Specialist, Associate Specialist and Specialty (SAS) surgeons, Locally Employed Doctors in surgery (LEDs) and members of the extended surgical team (EST).   Advancing the Surgical Workforce reveals a number of interesting insights and paints a picture of a surgical workforce working long hours and in stressful environments. Too many staff are trying to navigate a system which frustrates the delivery of surgical services rather than enabling them. Surgical trainees in particular are increasingly being affected by these pressures. 
  17. Content Article
    This report outlines the results of a survey carried out by The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV)—the largest UK survey of frontline health visitors working with families with babies and young children across the UK. Poverty was the cause of greatest concern to health visitors, with 93% reporting an increase in the number of families affected by poverty in the last 12 months. Other key findings included: 89% of health visitors reported an increase in the use of food banks 78% an increase in perinatal mental illness 69% an increase in domestic abuse 63% an increase in homelessness and asylum seekers 50% an increase in families skipping meals as a result of the cost-of-living crisis.
  18. Content Article
    In this article, Natalie Tikhonovsky, Analyst at Lane, Clarke and Peacock, looks at results from the 2022 NHS Staff Survey in order to identify the reasons staff are increasingly dissatisfied. The article contains graphics that visualise this data to demonstrate a mixed picture of staff satisfaction across England.
  19. Content Article
    An estimated 2.1 million people are living with Long Covid in the UK alone. The Conversation recently asked 888 people in the UK with Long Covid about their experiences of stigma, and 95% of them said they had experienced stigma related to their condition. On top of the physical symptoms, people living with Long Covid may have to contend with discrimination and prejudice within their communities, workplaces and even health services. Long Covid is a relatively new medical condition, and has been subject to lots of misinformation and minimisation of its legitimacy as a physical illness. To date, there have been no estimates as to how common stigma around long COVID is, which has limited our ability to tackle the problem. Being aware of numerous anecdotes of the discrimination Long Covid patients face, The Conversation decided to look into the extent of this problem and designed a questionnaire together with people who had lived experience of the illness. The questions aimed to estimate how commonly people with Long Covid experience stigma across three domains. “Enacted stigma” means being treated unfairly due to their long COVID, “internalised stigma” is where people feel embarrassed or ashamed of their illness, and “anticipated stigma” is a person’s expectation that they will be treated poorly because of their condition.
  20. News Article
    More than half of a trust’s staff told the Care Quality Commission (CQC) they did not have confidence in its executive leadership, with just 16% saying they did, the regulator has reported. The CQC surveyed staff as part of its inspection of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust. Eighty-four per cent either said they disagreed with the statement “I have confidence in the executive team”, or neither agreed nor disagreed. That leaves just 16% who said they did have confidence. Some said they felt “traumatised”, “devalued” or “damaged” by a recent restructuring programme at the trust, which has been grappling major care quality and performance problems for several years. The CQC also revealed in a report today that it issued a warning notice to the trust after inspections at its two main sites in July. They ordered immediate improvements in its emergency departments, medical care and children and young people’s services. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 20 December 2023
  21. Content Article
    Community pharmacies in Sweden have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and new routines have been introduced to address the needs of customers and staff and to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Burnout has been described among staff possibly due to a changed working climate. However, little research has focused on the pandemic's effect on patient safety in community pharmacies. The aim of this study was to examine pharmacists' perceptions of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workload, working environment, and patient safety in community pharmacies.
  22. Content Article
    NHS England wants to find out how people would choose to tell the NHS about things that go wrong in healthcare, to help the NHS do things better. NHS England wants to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds, who use all kinds of NHS services. They want to know how people would choose to give feedback if something went wrong in their care, or in the care of someone they look after, so the NHS can learn. NHS England will use what you tell them to help design a new online service to make care better. Click on the link below to find out more and take the survey. Closing date:  31 December 2023
  23. Content Article
    In this guest blog for the Patient Safety Commissioner's Office, Rachel Power, Chief Executive of The Patients Association describes progress that has been made in engaging patients in healthcare since the publication of the Patient’s Charter in 1991. She highlights the results of various surveys and reports by The Patients Association that show a mixed picture of how well patients are being engaged in their care. She also looks at barriers to patient-centred care and shared decision making that need to be addressed. The blog ends with calls to the health system to: Enhance provision of information to facilitate patient/professional conversations Support patients to ask questions and participate in decisions Support patients to understand treatment options and consequences Promote consistency of care across different patient groups Strengthen accountability for treatment decisions and complaints Improve accessibility of medical records Provide resources to help patients understand medical language Provide comprehensive training in shared decision-making Support consistent shared decision-making practices among clinicians Create a culture of shared learning among healthcare staff.
  24. Content Article
    People rely on prescription medication to treat and manage their conditions and keep well. Based on analysis of public feedback from local Healthwatch and from a webform on pharmacies, this blog by Healthwatch England highlights the challenges people face when trying to get prescription medication. It outlines the following key issues: Shortages of medication Delays in getting repeat prescriptions issued Shortages of staff Closed pharmacies
  25. Content Article
    NHS England is undertaking an audit of NHS specialised hospital services for patients with complications of mesh inserted for urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse (Mesh Centres) and would like to hear from women who have had Mesh implanted. They'd like to hear from women who have had, or have considered having treatment for their Mesh complications, both surgical (mesh removal) and non-surgical treatment (including physiotherapy and pain management, for example). As part of the audit, Sally Cavanagh who works for NHS England was asked to team up with Kath Sansom from Sling The Mesh and Paula Goss from Rectopexy Mesh Victims & Support, to develop the survey. It is designed to capture feedback about how women reached the decision to seek, or not seek surgical Mesh removal, how they made their treatment decision and their experiences with health services and health staff involved in their treatment for complications of Mesh. The deadline to submit the survey is midnight Wednesday 11 October 2023.
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