Taking a global comparative view of patient safety and care quality

August 26, 2015

Source:  British Journal of Nursing 24/14 pp. 754-5

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Date of publicationJuly 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: In this two-part series, John Tingle discusses some key patient-safety and health-quality publications from organisations across the world.

Length of Publication:  2 pages

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Nurses’ shift length and overtime working in 12 European countries: the association with perceived quality of care and patient safety

October 29, 2014

Source:  Medical Care 52/ 11 pp.975-81.

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Date of publication:  September 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article aimed to describe shift patterns of European nurses and to investigate whether shift length and working overtime is associated with nurse-reported care quality, safety, and care left undone. The authors concluded that European registered nurses working shifts of ≥12 hours and those working overtime reported lower quality and safety and more care left undone. Any policies to adopt a 12-hour nursing shift pattern should proceed with caution. Use of overtime working to help with staffing shortages or increase flexibility also incurs additional risk to quality.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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The role of hospital managers in quality and patient safety: a systematic review

October 1, 2014

Source:  BMJ Open 4/9 pp. e005055

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Date of publication:  Septemberuly 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: This article found that the time and effort that hospital managers spend on promoting and assessing quality and safety can influence clinical outcomes and processes. Reviewers from England examined studies about the activities and time hospital managers spend on the quality of care. Most studies were set in the US and focused on Board or senior-level management. Many of the studies used interviews or surveys about perceptions of managerial quality and safety practices.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


New safety collaborative will improve outcomes for patients with tracheostomies

August 27, 2014

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  July 2014

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: A new project in South Manchester will improve the safety and quality of care for patients with tracheostomies. The project, funded by the Health Foundation, aims to improve care and outcomes both in the NHS and around the world. The announcement comes as the European Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC) – a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, allied health clinicians and patients working together to disseminate best practice – is launched during an event at the Royal College of Surgeons in central London, which includes a guest talk from Professor Stephen Hawking. About 15,000 tracheostomies are performed each year in England and Wales. A team at the University Hospital of South Manchester will lead the project and local ‘champions’ in four different sites in Manchester will set targets which can be benchmarked against international hospitals and standards through the GTC’s database.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


NHS England promises new and far reaching drive to improve patient safety

December 18, 2013

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  November 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  In this news item, NHS England describes the important work it is leading on to improve the safety of patients as part of a co-ordinated response to the Francis Report. Action that NHS England has already taken includes launching the Friends and Family Test to gather patient feedback, and rolling out a new plan for nursing, midwifery and care staff – the 6Cs Compassion in Practice strategy. NHS England’s medical director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, has also carried out a review of the quality of care and treatment provided by 14 hospital trusts that are persistent outliers on mortality indicators.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Northumbria wins national patient safety award

September 25, 2013

Source:  Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Date of publication:  July 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  A Foundation Trust in Northumbria has won a national award for improving the safety of patients in its hospitals. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust won the Patient Safety in Acute Care Award at the Patient Safety Awards 2013 for its positive approach which has reduced potential harm to patients. A multi-disciplinary team analyse a random sample of 40 patient case notes across all areas of the Trust each month to look at where safety improvements could be made. The Trust has won awards previously, including the Board Leadership category at the Patient Safety Awards in 2010, when the judges acknowledged that the board of directors is committed to improving patient safety and quality of care.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Junior doctors’ reflections on patient safety.

May 28, 2012

Source:  Postgrad Med J. 2012 Mar;88(1037):125-9. Epub 2012 Jan 13.

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  A cross-sectional retrospective review to determine whether foundation year 1 doctors reflect upon patient safety incidents within their portfolios. The review also considers the potential value of such reflections for quality of care.

Length of publication:  5 pages

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