Patient safety in community dementia services: what can we learn from the experiences of caregivers and healthcare professionals?

Age and Ageing (2017) 46 (3): 518-521

This study aims to explore how patient safety in community dementia services is understood by caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

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Transparency data: Learning from mistakes league

Monitor, March 2016

A league table identifying levels of openness and transparency within NHS trusts and foundation trusts.  The league table has been drawn together by scoring providers based on the fairness and effectiveness of procedures for reporting errors; near misses and incidents; staff confidence and security in reporting unsafe clinical practice; and the percentage of staff who feel able to contribute towards improvements at their trust.

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Important message: British National Formulary (BNF70) and the Children’s British National Formulary (BNFC 2015)

British National Formulary, February 2016

Please be advised that due to errors contained within the previously distributed hard copy version of the British National Formulary (BNF70) and the BNFC (2015) that serious patient safety incidents have been reported through the national reporting and learning system (NRLS).

An adhesive addendum will be produced at the end of February to be placed on the front of all hard copies and where Trusts have distributed copies in house, they should consider re-calling all copies.

All Practitioners are reminded that the most current up to date accurate version of the BNF and BNFC can be accessed via the electronic site here.

You can also access this via the following links

·         Via Medicines complete – please click here for further details

·         Via NICE evidence summaries – please click here

·         Via NICE BNF app – please click here for further details

Continuous Improvement of Patient Safety

The Health Foundation, November 2015

This report synthesises the lessons from the Health Foundation’s work on improving patient safety. It looks at why improving safety is so difficult and complex, and why current approaches need to change offering examples and insights to support practical improvements in patient safety.

Click here to download the report.

Health and Safety Competencies for NHS Managers

NHS Employers, July 2015

This guidance looks at the nine key competency areas required for managers, identifying the core skills for every managerial post. It will help health and safety professionals and representatives to assess whether their managers have the right skills and competencies to manage health and safety effectively.

Click here to view the full guidance.

New NHS safe staffing framework for mental health wards published

NHS England, July 2015

NHS England has launched a new practical guide to help ensure the right people with the right skills are recruited into the right inpatient mental health settings.  The Mental Health Staffing Framework, which focuses on inpatient care, aims to equip mental health leaders with the skills and knowledge to plan and deliver safe staffing, and provide a means of assessing their services against agreed best practice.

Click here for further information and to download the framework.

Revised Never Events policy and framework

NHS England, April 2015

Never Events are serious incidents that are wholly preventable as guidance or safety recommendations that provide strong systemic protective barriers are available at a national level and should have been implemented by all healthcare providers.

A revised Never Events Policy and Framework was published on 27 March 2015, this includes changes to the definition of what a Never Event is and adjustments to the types of incident that are included on the Never Events list, reducing the list from 25 to 14 incident types.

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