patient safety

Patients are the missing line of defence – Luke O’Shea

With the two-day Patient Safety Congress underway in Birmingham, NHS England’s Head of Integrated Personal Commissioning and Person Centred Care explains why listening to patients is so vital: World leaders in health care are today using the platform of the Patient Safety Congress to discuss how to make NHS services the safest in the world. […]

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Putting patient safety reports at the heart of safe care in General Practice – Dr Martyn Diaper

As NHS England launches a new reporting e-form specifically developed for GP staff, Martyn Diaper, NHS England’s Head of Patient Safety (Primary Care), and a practising GP, explains the importance of reporting in patient safety. Since the NHS’ national patient safety incident database – the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) – was launched over a […]

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General practice patient safety reporting form launched

NHS England is making it easier than ever before for general practice staff to report patient safety incidents. A new e-form is being launched today to enable general practice staff to quickly and easily report patient safety incidents to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) – the national patient safety incident database. Reports of […]

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Patient safety incident reporting continues to improve

NHS England today welcomed the publication of six-monthly data on patient safety incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) between 1 October 2013 and 30 April 2014. The data shows the NHS is continuing to get better at recognising and reporting patient safety incidents. Acute hospitals, mental health services, community trusts, ambulance […]

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Dr Mike Durkin’s letter to the Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph has published a letter from NHS England’s Director of Patient Safety, Dr Mike Durkin, in response to their article about how Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle addresses patient safety reporting. The article describes how ten years ago, inspired by ways car workers in Japan were helped when they were struggling, the hospital […]

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We must improve medication safety in mental health care

Improving medication safety in mental health is imperative, Dr Geraldine Strathdee stressed today. NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health said: “We must make sure we tackle the higher levels of mortality and reduced life expectancy in patients with mental illness and we are committed to pushing mental health to the top of the […]

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Six-monthly patient safety incident data shows incident reporting in the NHS continues to improve

NHS England today welcomed the publication of six-monthly data on patient safety incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) between 1 April and 30 September 2013. The data shows the NHS is continuing to get better at recognising and reporting patient safety incidents. Acute hospitals, mental health services, community trusts, ambulance services […]

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New alerting will spread safety risk warnings more quickly

A new alerting system launched today by NHS England will ensure warnings of potential risks to the safety of patients can be developed much more quickly and be rapidly disseminated right across the NHS. The new National Patient Safety Alerting System (NPSAS) will ensure warnings of emerging risks can be rapidly issued following their identification […]

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The biggest patient safety initiative in the history of the NHS – Mike Durkin

NHS England has kicked off a year of action for patient safety.  A ‘design day’ event has seen work begin in earnest to create a countrywide network to improve patient safety across England. The event saw 120 leaders and experts in patient safety join forces to combine their knowledge and experience to begin shaping the […]

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