New body takes over NHS England safety responsibilities

July 29, 2015

Source:  Health Service Journal, 16 July, 2015

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Date of publicationJuly 2015

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In a nutshell: NHS England’s safety function will be moved to the new combined provider regulation body NHS Improvement. The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced the new name for the organisation, bringing together Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA).

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5000 safety fellows

December 22, 2014

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  December 2014

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In a nutshell: The Health Foundation and NHS England are working together to develop an ambitious initiative that will connect and support people with safety and wider quality improvement expertise across the UK. It will help share effective improvement ideas throughout the health care system. The initiative will be launched in early 2015.

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Patient safety alert on standardising the early identification of Acute Kidney Injury

June 25, 2014

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  June 2014

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In a nutshell:  A patient safety alert on standardising the early identification of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) has been issued by NHS England. All NHS acute trusts and foundation trusts providing pathology services have received the alert. A national algorithm, standardising the definition of AKI has been agreed, which has been endorsed by NHS England. It is recommended that the algorithm is implemented across the NHS.

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Sign up to Safety

June 25, 2014

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  June 2014

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In a nutshell:  A new campaign to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world, building on the recommendations of the Berwick Advisory Group, has been launched by the Secretary of State for Health. The campaign sets out a three-year shared objective to save 6,000 lives and to halve avoidable harm as part of NHS England’s aim to ensure patients get harm free care every time, everywhere. The Sign up to Safety campaign is for everyone in the NHS. For more information visit the Sign up to Safety website.

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Patient safety alert to improve reporting and learning of medication and medical devices incidents

April 30, 2014

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  March 2014

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In a nutshell:  Two patient safety alerts have been issued by NHS England and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to help healthcare providers increase incident reporting for medication errors and medical devices. The alerts will improve data report quality and will see the establishment of national networks to maximise learning and provide guidance on minimising harm in relation to these types of incidents. The alerts call on large healthcare provider organisations across a range of healthcare sectors and healthcare commissioners to identify named leaders in both medication and medical device safety roles. The leaders will be supported by two new national networks for medication and medical device safety.

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New recommendations to further improve surgical safety

March 26, 2014

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  February 2014

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In a nutshell:  The Surgical Never Events Taskforce has published a report, which makes recommendations for new standards and systems to improve the safety of surgery in hospitals. NHS England has committed to identifying practical ways to take forward the report’s recommendations to eradicate never events from surgical procedures. In the report the taskforce has recommended much greater consistency between different hospitals in all areas of the country. It focuses on standardisation, education and harmonisation. The development and implementation of national standards on the prevention of surgical never events will be key to the taskforce’s recommendations. The full report and summary report can be found on the NHS England website.

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Patient safety alert on addressing rising trends and outbreaks in carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae

March 26, 2014

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  March 2014

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In a nutshell:  An NHS England stage-two ‘resource’ patient safety alert has been issued to signpost providers of NHS care to resources established to avoid the spread of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae. A small but increasing number of strains of Enterobacteriaceae have become resistant to carbapenem antibiotics. This patient safety alert is for NHS acute trusts and private hospitals providing NHS funded care and it signposts providers to a toolkit developed by Public Health England to support the NHS to control existing transmission problems and to prevent the further spread of infection.

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