Mentorship for newly appointed physicians: a strategy for enhancing patient safety?

November 26, 2014

Source:  Journal of Patient Safety 10/3 pp. 59-67.

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Date of publication:  September 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Health-care services are applying mentorship in their settings, learning from business and industry where it is a popular innovation. This article looks at the concept of mentorship for newly appointed physicians in their first substantive senior post and in particular at its deployment to enhance patient safety. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with Medical Directors, Deputy Medical Directors and Clinical Directors from 9 acute NHS Trusts in the Yorkshire and Humber region in the north of England. A number of beneficial outcomes were found, including greater personal and professional support, organisational commitment, and general well-being. Providing newly appointed senior physicians with support through mentorship was considered to enhance the safety of patient care.

Length of Publication:  9 pages

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Patients as teachers: a randomised controlled trial on the use of personal stories of harm to raise awareness of patient safety for doctors in training

October 1, 2014

Source:  BMJ Quality & Safety Aug 18. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  August 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study aimed to measure the impact of patient narratives used to train junior doctors in patient safety. A trial was conducted in the North Yorkshire East Coast Foundation School (NYECFS). The intervention consisted of 1-h-long patient narratives followed by discussion. The Attitude to Patient Safety Questionnaire (APSQ) and the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) were used to measure the impact of the intervention. The authors state that involving patients with experiences of safety incidents in training has an ideological appeal and seems an obvious choice in designing safety interventions, but that they were unable to demonstrate the effectiveness of the intervention in changing general attitudes to safety compared to control.

Length of Publication:   Unknown

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Safer Care North East

July 22, 2010

Source:  NHS North East – Patient Safety 

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Date of publication:  May 2010

Publication type:  Strategy

In a nutshell:  This document outlines the patient safety framework “The Safer Care North East – Strategic Framework”, produced by NHS North East Patient Safety Forum, which focuses on a number of patient safety areas including: improvement, leadership and alignment, people, systems and processes, measuring success, ensuring safety.

Length of publication:  1 web page


How postcards that asked four simple questions improved patient feedback on safety

July 22, 2010

SourceNursing Times

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Date of publication:  April 2010

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  An article on patient feedback by postcard, the latest measure being adopted to improve hospital experiences.

Length of publication:  3.35 minutes

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AcknowledgementsPatient Safety First