International recommendations for national patient safety incident reporting systems: an expert Delphi consensus-building process

March 23, 2016

Source:  BMJ Quality & Safety [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Patient safety incident reporting systems (PSRS) have been established for over a decade, but uncertainty remains regarding the role that they can and ought to play in quantifying healthcare-related harm and improving care.  This study used a Delphi approach to determine consensus regarding the ideal role of PSRSs and to devise recommendations for best practice.

The study resulted in reasonable consensus among experts on aims and specifications of PSRS. This information can be used to reflect on existing and future PSRS, and their role within the wider patient safety landscape. The role of PSRS as instruments for learning needs to be elaborated and developed further internationally.

Length of publication:  14 pages

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NHS England announces a further £150m to improve patient safety and care

January 29, 2014

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  December 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  To help improve patient safety and help to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world, hospitals are to get a further £150 million boost. NHS England has worked with Monitor and they expect the money to be used to both improve safety and to ensure that patients are treated with care and compassion, such as employing extra nurses.  The money will come from Clinical Commissioning Groups usual financial settlement.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Improving patient safety

November 30, 2011

Source:  The Scottish Government

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Date of publication: September 2011

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  This news release looks at the ways that the staff within Glasgow Royal Infirmary have improved patient care by reducing the average length of stay in ICU by a day and a half.  It has also gone between infections for a period of 300 days.

Length of publication:  1 web page