Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 3 Issue 8

December 24, 2012

The role of the ward manager in promoting patient safety

December 24, 2012

Source: British Journal of Nursing  Vol/iss  21/19  pp1144-9.

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Date of publication:  October-November 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The article discusses the pivotal importance of the role of the ward manager in delivering services to patients and it looks at literature on patient safety to identify what a ward manager can do to make care safer. The challenge of promoting patient safety for ward managers is explored and recommendations for further research are made.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Using safety cases in industry and healthcare

December 24, 2012

Source: The Health Foundation

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The results of a study that reviewed the use of safety cases in six safety-critical industries, as well as the emerging use of safety cases in healthcare are presented in this report. The study aimed to describe safety case use in other industries, to make pragmatic recommendations for the adoption of safety cases in healthcare and to outline possible healthcare application scenarios.

Length of publication: 1 web page


Review of NHS critical infrastructure risk initiated

December 24, 2012

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This letter was sent to NHS organisations who have been invited to participate in the review of the NHS’s recurrent report for of a need for significant investment in maintenance of its facilities. This is intended to eliminate ‘critical risks’ to the safety of patients, visitors and staff; and the resilience of its services.

Length of publication: 1 web page


Developing a ‘critical’ approach to patient and public involvement in patient safety in the NHS: learning lessons from other parts of the public sector?

December 24, 2012

Source: Health Expectations  Vol/Iss  15/4 pp.424-432.

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Over the last 10 years there has been a significant drive within the NHS to develop greater patient and public involvement (PPI). In patient safety, the initiative to increase involvement has increasingly been seen as an important way of building a safety culture. This paper analyses some of the key underlying drivers for involvement in the wider context of health and social care and makes some suggestions on what lessons can be learned for developing the PPI agenda in patient safety.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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GMC launches confidential helpline for doctors to raise concerns about patient safety

December 24, 2012

Source: General Medical Council

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The General Medical Council has launched a confidential helpline for doctors to raise concerns about patient safety. The helpline will enable doctors to seek advice on any issues they may be dealing with and to raise serious concerns about patient safety when they feel unable to do this at local level. The GMC has also launched a new online decision aid to help doctors report patient safety concerns.

Length of publication: 1 web page


A qualitative exploration of patients’ attitudes towards the ‘Participate Inform Notice Know’ (PINK) patient safety video

December 24, 2012

Source:  International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Advance access doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzs073

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Date of publication:  November 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The authors looked at the PINK (‘Participate Inform Notice Know’) video, an educational tool designed to increase hospital patients’ involvement in patient safety activities. Interviews with patients from one hospital found that people responded well to the short video, that it raised their awareness about patient safety and encouraged them to be more involved in their hospital care. It was thought that the video could be improved by tailoring it more to the individual circumstances of patients and by including a wider range of content.

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.