How might health services capture patient-reported safety concerns in a hospital setting? An exploratory pilot study of three mechanisms

February 24, 2016

Source:  BMJ Quality & Safety

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type:  Original research

In a nutshell:  Emergent evidence suggests that patients can identify and report safety issues while in hospital. However, little is known about the best method for collecting information from patients about safety concerns. This study presents an exploratory pilot of three mechanisms for collecting data on safety concerns from patients during their hospital stay.

The results of the study were that significantly more safety concerns were elicited from patients in face-to-face interviews condition compared with the paper-based form and the patient safety hotline. The authors concluded that interviewing at the patient’s bedside is likely to be the most effective means of gathering safety concerns from inpatients, potentially providing an opportunity for health services to gather patient feedback about safety from their perspective.

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Accounting for actions and omissions: a discourse analysis of student nurse accounts of responding to instances of poor care

February 24, 2016

Source:  Journal of Advanced Nursing [epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  January 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Failure to report cases of poor care may have serious consequences for patient safety. The aim of this study was to explore how nursing students account for decisions to report or not report poor care witnessed on placement and to examine the implications of findings for educators.

The findings were that participants took care to present themselves in a positive light regardless of whether or not they had reported an episode of concern. Those who had reported tended to attribute their actions to internal factors such as moral strength and a commitment to a professional code. Those who had not or would not report concerns provided accounts which referred to external influences that prevented them from doing so or made reporting pointless.

This study provides information about how students account for their actions and omissions in relation to the reporting of poor care. Findings suggest ways educators might increase reporting of concerns.

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Can patient safety incident reports be used to compare hospital safety? Results from a quantitative analysis of the English National Reporting and Learning System data

January 27, 2016

Source:  PLOS One

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Date of publication:  December 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: The National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) collects reports about patient safety incidents in England. Government regulators use NRLS data to assess the safety of hospitals. This study aims to examine whether annual hospital incident reporting rates can be used as a surrogate indicator of individual hospital safety. Secondly assesses which hospital characteristics are correlated with high incident reporting rates and whether a high reporting hospital is safer than those lower reporting hospitals. Finally, it assesses which health-care professionals report more incidents of patient harm, which report more near miss incidents and what hospital factors encourage reporting. These findings may suggest methods for increasing the utility of reporting systems.

Length of publication:   8 pages

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

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General practice patient safety reporting form launched

March 25, 2015

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publicationFebruary 2015

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: A new e-form has been launched to enable general practice staff to quickly and easily report patient safety incidents to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS). The number of safety incidents reported to the NRLS from primary care remains low, making it difficult to develop appropriate and relevant support and learning resources for practice staff. The new e-form can be completed in a matter of minutes, with many questions requiring quick and simple answers. Practices can choose to include their practice code or can submit a report anonymously. Patient identifiable information is also not required. Upon submission of the incident report there is the option to request a bounce back email with a Significant Event Audit template which can be used for CPD, Appraisal and Revalidation. This can also provide evidence of patient safety activity during CQC inspections.

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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Patient safety incident reporting continues to improve

October 1, 2014

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  September 2014

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: The publication of six-monthly data on patient safety incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) between 1 October 2013 and 30 April 2014 shows the NHS is continuing to get better at recognising and reporting patient safety incidents. The increase in the level of reported incidents shows that the NHS is continuing to be more open and transparent about reporting patient safety incidents. Incident reporting is important at a local level because it allows clinicians to learn about why patient safety incidents happen within their own service and organisation, and what they can do to keep their patients safe from avoidable harm.

Length of Publication:  1 web page