Tag Archives: Patient Safety

The NHS under the coalition government: part one: NHS reforms

By The King’s Fund (2014)

The 2010–15 parliament has been a parliament of two halves for the NHS. The first half was dominated by debate on the Health and Social Care Bill (which was largely designed to devolve decision-making, put GPs in control of commissioning, and extend competition and choice). The second half was taken up with limiting the damage caused by the Bill, with less emphasis on competition and greater efforts to strengthen the regulation and quality of care and prioritise patient safety.

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Making our health and care systems fit for an aging population

By The King’s Fund (2014)

This report sets out a framework and tools to help local service leaders improve the care they provide for older people across nine key components. Within each component of care, the report sets out the goal the system should aim for, presents key evidence about works, gives examples of local innovations, and some pointers to major reviews and relevant guidance. It argues that if the health and care systems can get services right for our older population – those with the highest complexity, activity, spend, variability, and use of multiple services – they should be easier to get it right for other service users.

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Day of week of procedure and 30 day mortality for elective surgery: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics

Aylin, P. et al. BMJ, 2013; 346:f2424

The study suggests a higher risk of death for patients who
have elective surgical procedures carried out later in the working week
and at the weekend.

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Preventing suicide in England: one year on

By HM Government (2014)

This report summarises the developments on the suicide prevention strategy for England at national level. It identifies key research studies and their findings, and is accompanied by a report of statistical information on suicides. It sets out the key actions that local areas can take to prevent suicides and also highlights the importance of responsive and high quality care for people who self-harm.

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NHS safety thermometer

By Health & Social Care Information Centre (2013)

The NHS Safety Thermometer is a local improvement tool for measuring, monitoring and analysing patient harms and ‘harm free’ care.

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A promise to learn – a commitment to act: improving the safety of patients in England

By National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England ( August 2013)

A study of the various accounts of Mid Staffordshire, as well as the recommendations of Robert Francis and others, to distil for Government and the NHS the lessons learned, and to specify the changes that are needed.

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A promise to learn: a commitment to act: improving the safety of patients in England

By National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England (2013)

This report is the result of the Berwick Review which looked at patient safety following the publication of the Francis Report into the breakdown of care at Mid Staffordshire Hospitals. It highlights the main problems affecting patient safety in the NHS and makes recommendations to address them.

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