Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 6 Issue 7

July 29, 2015

NHS can be ‘world leader’ on patient safety, say healthcare leaders

July 29, 2015

Source:  Health Service Journal, 14 July, 2015

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Date of publicationJuly 2015

Publication type:  News item/report

In a nutshell: A new report, The Case for Patient Safety: Financially, Professionally and Ethically, has been published by the Health Service Journal (HSJ). It features contributions from NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens and medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, and CQC chief inspector of hospitals Sir Mike Richards. It also includes work from Martin Bromiley, chair of the Clinical Human Factors Group and James Titcombe, national adviser on patient safety to the CQC.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Revealed: 2015 winners of the Patient Safety Awards

July 29, 2015

Source:  Health Service Journal 6 July, 2015

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Date of publicationJuly 2015

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: The Patient Safety Awards, now in their 7th year, celebrate individuals, whose innovative and creative initiatives have improved quality and made care safer for patients.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Patient safety in ambulance services: a scoping review

July 29, 2015

Source:  Health Services and Delivery Research 3/21

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Date of publication:  May 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The aim of this review was to identify and map available evidence relating to patient safety when using ambulance services. The authors concluded that patient safety needs to become a more prominent consideration for ambulance services. Development of new models of working must include adequate training and monitoring of clinical risks. Areas requiring further work include the safety surrounding discharging patients, patient accidents, equipment and treatment, delays in transfer/admission to hospital, and treatment and diagnosis, with a clear need for increased reliability and training for improving handover to hospital.

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


Darzi: The NHS’s approach to patient harm is simplistic and myopic

July 29, 2015

Source:  Health Service Journal, 10 July, 2015

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Date of publicationJuly 2015

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: In this comment piece from the HSJ, Lord Darzi, a surgeon and director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, argues that changes are needed across cultural, technological and procedural boundaries so as to reduce patient harm. He also says that it is time to learn from other health systems.

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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

Publication type:  News item

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).

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