patient safety

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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NHS England announces a further £150m to improve patient safety and care

Hospitals are to get a £150 million boost to help improve patient safety and help make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world. NHS England has worked with Monitor to adjust the price hospitals are paid to treat patients, in recognition that some hospitals will incur additional costs. They expect it to be […]

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New milestone reached in NHS patient safety – Mike Durkin

Mike Durkin, NHS England’s National Director for Patient Safety, marks the tenth anniversary of the National Reporting and Learning System Sunday November 24 marks a significant milestone for patient safety in the NHS, as the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) reaches the tenth anniversary of the first incident reported. Millions of incidents have since […]

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