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On 6 February, in response to a request from the Prime Minister, Sir Bruce Keogh (the Medical Director) announced an investigation into hospitals that are persistent outliers on mortality indicators. Sir Bruce identified an initial list of five organisations that had been outliers for two years on the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI), and said that […]
The publication of the Francis report into the failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is an important moment for the NHS. The only acceptable legacy is that the NHS learns and changes. In this video NHS Commissioning Board Chief Executive David Nicholson talks about how we must develop our own detailed response to the Francis […]
As announced in today’s Prime Ministerial statement on the Francis Report, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is to lead an investigation into hospitals that are persistent outliers in hospital performance and provide practical support. Full terms of reference for the investigation, including which measures will identify the hospitals to be covered, will be published at the […]
Sir David Nicholson apologises to people of Mid Staffordshire and pledges positive and swift response to public inquiry
“We must give patients much more clout”, says NHS chief Sir David Nicholson has apologised to the people of Mid Staffordshire on behalf of the NHS, saying it had “let people down in the most devastating way”. He made it clear that “apologies are not enough” and pledged to respond positively and swiftly to the […]
NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh has announced a review of quality assurance arrangements for NHS pathology services. Led by National Clinical Director for Pathology, Dr Ian Barnes, the review will scrutinise NHS arrangements for the oversight and safeguards of laboratory testing. The review will bring together experts in the field to explore how Quality […]
The NHS Commissioning Board Authority has published the latest set of Organisation Patient Safety Incident data. The figures show that the number of patient safety incidents in England that occurred between 1 October 2011 and 31 March 2012 and were submitted to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) by 31 May 2012 was 612,414. […]
Patient Safety First and the Clinical Board for Surgical Safety* are hosting Safer Surgery Week, beginning on 24th of September. All Trusts in England are using the Surgical Safety Checklist in order to provide safer surgical care. However, we know through our work that more still needs to be done to eradicate perioperative never events, and to […]
On 1 June 2012 the key functions and expertise for patient safety transfer to the NHS Commissioning Board Authority (NHS CBA) from the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA). This will ensure patient safety is at the heart of the NHS and will build on the learning and expertise developed by the NPSA, driving patient safety […]