An evaluation of the impact of the key information summary on GPs and out-of-hours clinicians in NHS Scotland

September 30, 2015

Source:  Scottish Medical Journal 60/3 pp. 126-31.

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Date of publication:  August 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Implemented during 2013, key information summary is one of the first national shared electronic patient records. It enables GPs to share clinical information with unscheduled care providers, including out-of-hours. This evaluation identified the impact of key information summary on healthcare services. The vast majority of responses showed that key information summary enhances patient safety, improves clinical management, reduces hospital admissions, empowers clinicians, aids communication across services and enables decisions to be responsive to patients’ needs. Out-of-hours clinicians would like more key information summaries, all well-completed and including social care information.

Length of Publication:  6 pages

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Glasgow develops world’s only patient safety programme specifically for mental health

April 29, 2015

Source:  The Herald Scotland

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Date of publicationMarch 2015

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: After being recognised for improving patient care, the world’s only national safety programme specifically designed for mental health has been rolled out to 14 wards across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The mental health arm of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme has seen more patient involvement in decision-making, work on medication safety, wider use of safety briefings at the beginning of shifts, and less use of restraint.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Developing eLearning for pressure ulcer prevention and management

October 1, 2014

Source:  British Journal of Nursing 23 Suppl 15:S16-23

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Date of publication:  August 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  In April 2012, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC), in line with the Scottish Best Practice Statement for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers (Quality Improvement Scotland, 2009 ), and the NHS Health Improvement Scotland (2011) Preventing Pressure Ulcers Change Package, launched an awareness campaign throughout the organisation. It has also more recently adopted a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to pressure damage. The tissue viability service in NHS GGC recognised that education of front-line staff is essential. An educational framework for pressure ulcer prevention was developed for all levels of healthcare staff involved in the delivery of patient care. An initiative to develop web-based eLearning modules has also been taken forward. The modular online education programme addresses the aims of quality improvement and zero tolerance by supporting the provision of safe and effective person-centred care.

Length of Publication:  8 pages

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Dispensing good advice to bridge the gap in patient safety

May 28, 2014

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  April 2014

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In a nutshell: The Health Foundation has awarded The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) in Primary Care, which is run by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, funding of £450,000 over two years to run an improvement collaborative to enhance communications between GPs and pharmacists working in primary care.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


NHS Scotland learns from safest hospital in world

January 29, 2014

Source:  Wired-GOV.net

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Date of publication:  December 2013

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In a nutshell:  The NHS in Scotland is sharing learning about patient safety with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio, USA, which is widely regarded as a world leader in patient safety. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has influenced how the Scottish Patient Safety Programme is managed and it pioneered morning safety and flow huddles, which have now been adopted at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow. The Cincinnati hospital is also learning from the Scottish approach to ensuring children have the best start in life through the Early Years Collaborative, which is a programme set up to help make Scotland the best place to grow up.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening as a patient safety initiative: using patients’ experiences to improve the quality of screening practices

November 27, 2013

Source:  Journal of Clinical Nursing 2013 Sep 21. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  September 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study aimed to explore the patient experience and acceptability of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening of inpatient admissions to acute hospital settings. The study was conducted in six acute care hospitals in three Scottish regions. The results provide evidence that attitudes were largely positive and responses indicated a belief in the beneficial impact of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening for patients and the wider community. Clinicians should consider the timing, content and effectiveness of information provision.

Length of Publication:  Unknown

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Nurses in Scotland given list of ‘essential actions’

September 25, 2013

Source:  Nursing Times 27 August 2013

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Date of publication:  August 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Ministers in Scotland have announced that a list of 10 patient safety “essentials” will be rolled out for use by all NHS staff in Scotland. Ten of the most successful elements of NHS Scotland’s patient safety programme, which are already being used extensively, are included in the list. The new list is intended to ensure all of the elements are now implemented by every member of staff, for every patient receiving hospital care.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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.