CQC could become enforcer of ‘zero harm’ rules

February 20, 2015

Source:  Health Service Journal 21 January 2015

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Date of publication:  January 2015

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  A proposed new law on patient safety would open the door to tougher regulation of health and care providers by the Care Quality Commission.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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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

Publication type:  News item

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.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Guidance on safe nurse staffing levels in the UK

December 22, 2010

Source: Royal College of Nursing (RCN) 

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Date of publication: December 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report seeks to identify what adequate staffing levels are for nurses.  It looks at the consequences for short staffing and the business case for ensuring there are safe staffing levels.

Length of publication: 54 pages