Sign up to Safety

June 25, 2014

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  June 2014

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  A new campaign to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world, building on the recommendations of the Berwick Advisory Group, has been launched by the Secretary of State for Health. The campaign sets out a three-year shared objective to save 6,000 lives and to halve avoidable harm as part of NHS England’s aim to ensure patients get harm free care every time, everywhere. The Sign up to Safety campaign is for everyone in the NHS. For more information visit the Sign up to Safety website.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


ESR launches dose reduction campaign

November 27, 2013

Source:  EHealth Insider 23 October 2013

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Date of publication:  October 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  Plans to reduce unsuitable exposure to radiation, including the greater use of computerised dose monitoring and dose repositories have been defined by the European Society of Radiology. The Insights into Imaging website contains a statement that explains the plan of action for improving protection for both patients and staff against excessive doses of radiation. It wants to see what it describes as a GPS approach to the problem; with GPS denoting Globalisation, Personalisation and Safety.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


The measurement and monitoring of safety

April 26, 2013

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  April 2013

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  There is now a great awareness of the problem of medical harm, and significant efforts have been made to improve the safety of healthcare. The authors have synthesised available evidence and have proposed a single framework that brings together a number of conceptual and technical facets of safety. This framework highlights five dimensions, which the authors believe should be included in any safety and monitoring approach in order to give a widespread and rounded picture of an organisation’s safety. The dimensions are past harm, reliability, sensitivity to operations, anticipation and preparedness, and integration and learning.

Length of Publication:  92 pages


Checking in healthcare safety: theoretical basis and practical application

January 28, 2011

Source: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance  Vol 28 Iss 8 p699-707

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Date of publication: December 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A literature review to increase understanding of healthcare checking procedures.  Checking procedures are carried out many times during a patient’s stay in hospital. These procedures are both written (official guidance) and unwritten practices.  The author states that more thorough checking in specific errors e.g. bedside checking, could prevent adverse events.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Acknowledgement: MEDLINE