Review of NHS critical infrastructure risk initiated

December 24, 2012

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This letter was sent to NHS organisations who have been invited to participate in the review of the NHS’s recurrent report for of a need for significant investment in maintenance of its facilities. This is intended to eliminate ‘critical risks’ to the safety of patients, visitors and staff; and the resilience of its services.

Length of publication: 1 web page


Developing a ‘critical’ approach to patient and public involvement in patient safety in the NHS: learning lessons from other parts of the public sector?

December 24, 2012

Source: Health Expectations  Vol/Iss  15/4 pp.424-432.

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Over the last 10 years there has been a significant drive within the NHS to develop greater patient and public involvement (PPI). In patient safety, the initiative to increase involvement has increasingly been seen as an important way of building a safety culture. This paper analyses some of the key underlying drivers for involvement in the wider context of health and social care and makes some suggestions on what lessons can be learned for developing the PPI agenda in patient safety.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Accountability, organisational learning and risks to patient safety in England: Conflict or compromise?

July 28, 2011

Source: Health, Risk & Society vol. 13 iss 4  pp327-346)

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Date of publication: June 2011

Publication type: journal article

In a nutshell: This article looks at 2 approaches to patient safety within the NHS – promoting accountability & promoting learning lessons from previous mistakes and near-misses.  These approaches can sometimes be conflicting however, the article looks at how these approaches can work together.

Length of publication: 19 pages

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Apprenticeships enhance patient safety and care.

May 28, 2011

Source:  Nursing Times 2011 Apr 12-18; 107(14):21-2.

Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article provides details of a modern staff apprenticeship programme. It shows how it can act as a recruitment path for health care assistants and so benefit patient safety. The article also describes other staff development approaches to improve safety.

Length of publication: 2 pages

Some important information:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article.  Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence


Patient safety culture: an Italian experience.

May 28, 2011

Source:  Journal of Clinical Nursing Vol 20 Issue 7-8 pp1188-1195

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The authors’ aim was to understand the level of awareness health professionals working in an Italian hospital had of patient safety by using the Italian version of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture questionnaire and also to validate the tool’s effectiveness.

Length of publication: 8 pages

Some important information:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article.  Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence


Triage Position Statement

May 28, 2011

Source: College of Emergency Medicine

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This document sets out ways to streamline the triage process to reduce waiting times, ensure that the patient sees the right healthcare professional quicker.

Length of publication: 3 pages

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence


Patient Safety First 2008 to 2010: The campaign review

May 28, 2011

Source: Patient Safety First

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type: Review

In a nutshell:  This review looks at the impact of the Patient Safety First campaign over the years it was running, and how it has improved patient safety.  It focused on the safety culture within the NHS, aiming to engage clinical staff to enable a behavioural change to lead to safer, better healthcare.

Length of publication: 68 pages