Pursuing Zero – a winning approach to safety

June 25, 2014

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  May 2014

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: In May, a team from Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust was named Berwick Patient Safety Team of the Year at the BMJ Awards. The team have helped the Trust to develop a culture where every member of staff focuses on the importance of providing safe, high quality care for children. The ‘Zero harm, no waits, no waste’ programme was established by Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) seven years ago, with the aim of eliminating all harm to children in their care. The programme aims to embed a culture of improvement and safety throughout the organisation and key to this has been developing strong leadership for change. Throughout the programme the team has also made a point of involving patients and carers.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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Berwick review into patient safety

August 29, 2013

Source:  Department of Health

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Date of publication:  August 2013

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  The main problems affecting patient safety in the NHS are highlighted in this report, by Professor Don Berwick, an international expert in patient safety, and there are recommendations made to address them. The report states that the health system must recognise the need for system wide change and insist on the primacy of working with patients and carers to achieve health care goals. It also says that the NHS needs to ensure that the responsibility for functions related to safety and improvement are established clearly and simply.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Promoting patient involvement in safety initiatives

June 28, 2011

Source: Nursing Management UK.  Volume 18, Issue 1 p16-20

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Patients, and their representatives, have a role to play in their own safety in health care.  This article looks at a number of linked studies which looked at ways patients could promote their own safety in different contexts, places or demographies.

Length of publication: 2 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: BNI