Staff and public urged to help shape new patient safety body

December 23, 2015

Source:  NHS Networks

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Date of publication:  November 2015

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  NHS staff, patients and members of the public are being urged to have their say on the shape of a new national patient safety organisation.

The health secretary announced in the summer that he would create an independent function to oversee the investigation of patient safety incidents.  An expert advisory group has been established to collect evidence and make recommendations on the roles and responsibilities of the new body, ahead of its formation in April 2016.

An online survey to capture the views of patients and professionals can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ipsis2015

Length of publication:   1 webpage

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How has the NHS improved patient safety?

December 22, 2014

Source:  The Guardian Healthcare Network

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Date of publication:  November 2014

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: John Illingworth, policy manager at the Health Foundation, looks at the impact that the Berwick report has had on patient safety in the NHS. The headline results of a survey sent out to every NHS Provider in England are set out in an infographic. John Illingworth concludes that the survey results show positive signs about how organisations at a local level are pursuing safer care, and cause for thought at a national level as to how further progress can be supported.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Online patient safety education programme for junior doctors: is it worthwhile?

December 22, 2014

Source:  Irish Journal of Medical Science Epub ahead of print

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Date of publication:  November 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study looked at online learning about patient safety for junior doctors in Ireland and asked if it is valuable. The participating doctors completed a baseline survey and a follow-up survey. The online initiative resulted in immediate improvements in self-reported knowledge such as knowing when and how to complete incident forms and disclosing errors to patients, and in attitudes towards error reporting. The interactive features were the most positive elements of the programme. The authors conclude that online training about medical errors improved junior doctors self-rated knowledge, attitudes and skills in Ireland.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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The role of hospital managers in quality and patient safety: a systematic review

October 1, 2014

Source:  BMJ Open 4/9 pp. e005055

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Date of publication:  Septemberuly 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: This article found that the time and effort that hospital managers spend on promoting and assessing quality and safety can influence clinical outcomes and processes. Reviewers from England examined studies about the activities and time hospital managers spend on the quality of care. Most studies were set in the US and focused on Board or senior-level management. Many of the studies used interviews or surveys about perceptions of managerial quality and safety practices.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


The WHO surgical safety checklist: survey of patients’ views

August 27, 2014

Source:  BMJ Quality and Safety 2014 Jul 18. Epub ahead of print

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Date of publication:  July 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The WHO surgical safety checklist should be implemented across all NHS operating theatres, but it presents a challenge for some teams. This paper assessed patients’ views of the checklist. Patients from surgical wards at two hospitals were shown two professionally produced videos. One video showed a team using the WHO surgical safety checklist and the other showed surgery before the checklist was introduced. Patients were surveyed and they had positive views about the checklist and thought it would improve safety. This may provide further evidence to convince professionals who remain resistant to using it.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Five top tips for using safety culture surveys

August 27, 2014

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  August 2014

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In a nutshell: The importance of safety culture in the NHS is a big issue. The Health Foundation spoke to people using safety culture surveys on the front line to try to understand and improve local safety culture. Their experiences and top tips are highlighted on this web page. It was concluded that safety culture surveys are helpful for understanding how safety is perceived, for measuring the impact of an intervention, or as an intervention in their own right.

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Do safety checklists improve teamwork and communication in the operating room? A systematic review

January 29, 2014

Source:  Annals of Surgery vol/iss 258/6 pp. 856–871

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Date of publication:  December 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This systematic review aimed to assess the impact of surgical safety checklists on the quality of teamwork and communication in the operating room (OR). The methods for assessing teamwork and communication included surveys, observations, interviews, and 360° assessments. The evidence suggests that safety checklists can improve the quality of OR teamwork and communication, however, when used incorrectly or when individuals do not believe in the process, checklists may have a negative impact on the function of the team. Overall, safety checklists are beneficial for OR teamwork and communication and this may be one device through which patient outcomes are improved.

Length of Publication:  16 pages

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