Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 7

July 31, 2013

Nursing a safer future: how nurses are using proactive approaches to manage patient safety

July 31, 2013

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  July 2013

Publication type:  Journal supplement

In a nutshell: The Health Foundation have published a special supplement in association with the Nursing Times to explore the ways that nurses use hands-on methods to manage patient safety. Nurses are doing impressive work to improve the safety of their patients and they are well placed to carry out this work. The supplement displays nurse-led initiatives that demonstrate effective and proactive safety management.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Patient safety climate and worker safety behaviours in acute hospitals in Scotland

July 31, 2013

Source:  J Safety Res. Vol 45 pp.95-101

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Date of publication:  June 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study explored staff perceptions of safety climate in six NHS hospitals in Scotland and tested whether safety climate was associated with staff safety behaviours and patient and staff injuries. Clinical staff completed the ‘Scottish Hospital Safety Questionnaire’. Hospital safety climate scores were strongly linked to staff safety behaviour. There were also links with patient and staff injury rates. Perceptions of staffing levels and managerial commitment were the most influential predictors of all the safety outcome measures.

Length of Publication:  7 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.


Patient safety in healthcare preregistration educational curricula: multiple case study-based investigations of eight medicine, nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy university courses

July 31, 2013

Source:  BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Jun 1. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  June 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article aimed to investigate the formal and informal ways preregistration students from medicine, nursing, pharmacy and the allied healthcare professions learn about patient safety. Students were mainly taught about safety-related issues in isolation and there were limited opportunities for interprofessional learning and bridging the gaps between educational, practice and policy contexts. The authors state that a lot of thought needs to be given to the appointment of curriculum leads for patient safety and that they should be encouraged to work strategically across disciplines and topic areas. Role models should help students to make connections between theoretical considerations and routine clinical care.

Length of Publication:  Unknown

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.


Empowerment or rhetoric? Investigating the role of NHS Foundation Trust governors in the governance of patient safety

July 31, 2013

Source:  Health Policy [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  June 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: The authors looked at the ways that NHS Foundation Trusts achieve inclusive governance by involving local communities and analysed this by studying lay governor involvement in the formal governance structures to improve patient safety. Interviews were conducted and observations of meetings and documentary analysis were carried out at a case study site. A national survey and follow up telephone interviews were conducted with the Foundation Trusts. Findings from the survey showed some involvement of governors in the governance of patient safety. The study revealed a lack of inclusivity by Foundation Trusts of lay governors in patient safety governance and it is suggested that action is needed to empower governors to undertake their statutory duties more effectively.

Length of Publication:  Unknown

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.


Digital care records key to greater patient safety

July 31, 2013

Source:  British Journal of Healthcare Computing 10 July 2013

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Date of publication:  July 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  The NHS plans to offer a £260m boost to get more hospitals using electronic health records and further details have just emerged. It is said to be a “critical stepping-stone” in achieving the vision of the NHS going “paperless” by 2018. Known as the ‘Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards′ Technology Fund, NHS England is to administer and deliver the Fund, which is open to NHS Trusts, including Foundation Trusts. NHS England has released a document it says will provide guidance on how hospital IT leaders can achieve what it calls an ‘integrated digital care record.′

Length of Publication:  1 web page


NHS England to review low number of GP patient safety reports

July 31, 2013

Source:  Pulse 9 July 2013

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Date of publication:   July 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  The low numbers of patient safety incidents reported by GPs, which make up 0.5% of all incidents reported in the NHS, is to be investigated by NHS England, in an attempt to encourage practitioners to report adverse events. The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) has explained that it is likely there will be fewer adverse events in general practice, but it said GPs are less likely to report the adverse events because of a ‘blame culture’. A patient safety expert group for primary care is being set up to look into the low number of reports.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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.