New standards put patient safety at the heart of medical education and training

February 20, 2015

Source: General Medical Council

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Date of publication: January 2015

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In a nutshell:  The General Medical Council (GMC) has launched a consultation on new standards which will create a single set of standards for organisations delivering medical education and training across the UK. The standards are designed to make sure that fairness and patients’ safety, experience and quality of care lie at the core of teaching and training. The standards would include a requirement for organisations to promote and encourage a culture that reflects on and learns from mistakes, incidents and near misses. The consultation closes on 24 March 2015.

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New recommendations to further improve surgical safety

March 26, 2014

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  February 2014

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In a nutshell:  The Surgical Never Events Taskforce has published a report, which makes recommendations for new standards and systems to improve the safety of surgery in hospitals. NHS England has committed to identifying practical ways to take forward the report’s recommendations to eradicate never events from surgical procedures. In the report the taskforce has recommended much greater consistency between different hospitals in all areas of the country. It focuses on standardisation, education and harmonisation. The development and implementation of national standards on the prevention of surgical never events will be key to the taskforce’s recommendations. The full report and summary report can be found on the NHS England website.

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RPS publishes professional standards for homecare services

October 30, 2013

Source:  Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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Date of publication:  September 2013

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In a nutshell:  New professional standards for homecare services have been published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) to provide a best practice framework for the application and delivery of homecare services. As homecare services are being commissioned more and more, the RPS and the Department of Health Homecare Strategy Board, has produced ten standards to ensure patient safety and the effective management of medicines delivered by homecare methods.

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