The commission on education and training for patient safety: improving patient safety through education and training

March 23, 2016

Source:  Health Education England

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Date of publication: March 2016

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  Produced by the Commission on Education and Training for Patient Safety and supported by Imperial College the report sets out ambitions, the case for change, what is working well including case studies and where improvements need to be made to make the greatest difference to patient safety both now and in the future. It sets out the future of education and training for patient safety in the NHS over the next ten years, making twelve recommendations to Health Education England and the wider system.

Length of publication:  60 pages


Researchers’ roles in patient safety improvement

March 23, 2016

Source:  Journal of Patient Safety 12/1 pp. 25–33

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Date of publication: March 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article explores how researchers can contribute to patient safety improvement with the aim of expanding the instrumental role researchers have often occupied in relation to patient safety improvement.

The conclusions were that when working side by side with “practice,” researchers are offered and engage in several different activities. The way researchers contribute to patient safety improvement and balance between different roles depends on the purpose of the study, as well as on the underlying patient safety improvement models. Different patient safety research paradigms seem to emphasize different improvement roles, and thus, they also face different challenges. Open reflection on the underlying improvement models and roles can help researchers with different backgrounds—as well as other actors involved in patient safety improvement—in structuring their work and collaborating productively.

Length of publication:  9 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


The UK: your partner for global healthcare solutions – Improving the quality and safety of patient care

March 23, 2016

Source:  Department of Health

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Date of publication:  March 2016

Publication type:  Brochure

In a nutshell:  In 2014 the Commonwealth Fund named the NHS as the number one health service for safe care amongst the 11 developed nations studied. The NHS is aiming for a future where avoidable harm is prevented, where 100% of patients achieve the shortest, most uneventful hospital admissions, and where everyone achieves the best possible outcome.

This publication outlines some of the initiatives the UK is currently pursuing, and the organisations which are leading the way in standards of safety. The different sections also provide information on the partners who can best help you achieve your goal of safer, better healthcare.

Length of publication:  15 pages


Quality improvement in surgery combining lean improvement methods with teamwork training: a controlled before-after study

October 28, 2015

Source:  PLOS ONE 10/9 e0138490

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Date of publication: September 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study investigated the effectiveness of combining teamwork training and lean process improvement, two distinct approaches to improving surgical safety. A controlled interrupted time series study was conducted in a specialist UK Orthopaedic hospital incorporating a plastic surgery team (which received the intervention) and an Orthopaedic theatre team acting as a control. The study found that combining teamwork training and systems improvement enhanced both technical and non-technical operating team process measures, and were associated with a trend to better safety outcome measures in a controlled study comparison. The authors suggest that approaches which address both system and culture dimensions of safety may prove valuable in reducing risks to patients.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Clinical handover: the importance, problems and educational interventions to improve its practice

September 30, 2015

Source:  British Journal of Hospital Medicine 76/6 pp. 353-7

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Date of publicationJune 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: The clinical handover is a complex area of advanced communication in medicine. It is becoming increasingly recognised as a situation where good communication is needed to ensure patient safety. This article outlines the importance of clinical handover and the need to make improvements.

Length of Publication:  5 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