NHS England to review low number of GP patient safety reports

July 31, 2013

Source:  Pulse 9 July 2013

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Date of publication:   July 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  The low numbers of patient safety incidents reported by GPs, which make up 0.5% of all incidents reported in the NHS, is to be investigated by NHS England, in an attempt to encourage practitioners to report adverse events. The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) has explained that it is likely there will be fewer adverse events in general practice, but it said GPs are less likely to report the adverse events because of a ‘blame culture’. A patient safety expert group for primary care is being set up to look into the low number of reports.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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Understanding the attitudes of hospital pharmacists to reporting medication incidents: a qualitative study.

February 25, 2013

Source:  Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy Vol/iss 9/1 pp.80-89

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Date of publication:  January 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  In England, hospital pharmacists said that medication errors are common and that they are often not reported. Error reporting forms are thought to be cumbersome and time consuming. It could be useful to simplify reporting forms, ensure staff are praised for reporting and make sure that any issues are addressed quickly so that staff feel that reporting is worthwhile.

Length of Publication:  10 pages

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Design of a prospective cohort study to assess ethnic inequalities in patient safety in hospital care using mixed methods

January 30, 2013

Source:  BMC Health Services Research, vol/iss 12 450

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Date of publication:  December 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study aims to assess the risk of adverse events (AEs) for hospitalised patients of non-Western ethnic origin in comparison to ethnic Dutch patients. It looks at the patient-related determinants that may affect the risk of AEs and explores the mechanisms of patient-provider interactions that may increase the risk of AEs. It also explores possible strategies to prevent inequalities in patient safety.

Length of Publication:  20 pages

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Safe from the start

October 29, 2012

Source: Nursing Standard  Vol/Iss  26/49 

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article looks at the importance of including patient safety techniques into student nurse training.

Length of publication: 1 page

Acknowledgement: CINAHL

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Call for clarity over replacement for patient safety organisation

November 3, 2011

Source:  Nurs Stand. 2011 Aug 24-30;25(51):11

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Date of publication: August 2011

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  The government is being asked to clarify who will carry out the National Patient Safety Agency’s work after the body is axed. There is a proposal in the Health and Social Care Bill to abolish the agency next year. The NHS Commissioning Board would take responsibility for reporting and learning from patient safety incidents in England.

Length of publication:  1 web page

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