Patient safety

The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

10.08.18: Falls should not be an inevitable part of ageing – and their snowball effect means the consequence of falls are far from limited to just hospital admissions, says Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and so...

Bawa-Garba: junior doctor ‘whole-heartedly sorry’ for mistakes, hearing ends

26.07.18: The suspended Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba said she was “whole-heartedly sorry” for mistakes made that led to the death of a six-year-old boy in 2011 as her Court of Appeal trial ended today. Dr Bawa-Garba was struck off as a junior doc...

Health regulator calls for action in reducing radiology delays

19.07.18: There are significant variations in timescales for reporting on radiology examinations leading to delayed and potentially erroneous patient x-ray results, the health watchdog has said. In a report today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)...

Health worker arrested on suspicion of infanticide at Countess of Chester Hospital

03.07.18: A female medical professional has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to murder a further six following an investigation at a Cheshire hospital. The staff member at the neonatal unit at Countess of Chester Ho...

Two-thirds of STPs report drop in bed numbers – with some losing 20% of capacity

27.06.18: The number of beds available across the NHS has reduced by an average of 140 per sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) footprint since 2014-15, representing a fall of over 6,000 nationally. Eye-watering figures published...

Scathing government review into NHS region blasts bullying and blame culture

26.06.18: A government-backed review into a major Scottish region has uncovered a culture of bullying and harassment where concerns raised were discouraged, with staff made to feel they had been “blamed rather than supported.” The review...

Gosport scandal: ‘Blame culture’ must end says Hunt, practice ‘probably repeated elsewhere’

21.06.18: Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has hit back at claims from an expert on hospital mortality that the Gosport War Memorial scandal could be replicated elsewhere in the NHS. Prof Sir Brian Jarman, of the Dr Foster Unit...

GP’s ‘practice of shortening lives’ led to over 450 deaths at Gosport

20.06.18: A public inquiry into over 800 deaths at an NHS hospital over the prescription of opioid has said families have been failed by the “institutionalised practice of shortening lives.” Staff at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in Hamps...

NHS trust to give payout in millions to teen brain-injured at birth

20.06.18: A girl who suffered a devastating brain injury during her birth has been awarded compensation from a major south east NHS trust. Becky Tyler, who is now studying for her GCSEs, won the payout after mistakes made during her birth led to her...

Medical examiners to be rolled out to investigate unexpected NHS deaths

11.06.18: All non-coronial unexpected deaths within the NHS in England and Wales are to be investigated by medical examiners in order to improve investigations into the cause of death, Jeremy Hunt has announced today. The announcement coincides with the...

Written submissions sought for gross negligence manslaughter review

06.06.18: The working group looking into gross negligence manslaughter in the medical profession has invited written submissions as the latest stage of its review. The General Medical Council ordered the review, which will be led by Dame Clare Marx, ...

Number of patients readmitted to hospital rises by a fifth due to ‘preventable’ conditions

01.06.18: Patients are being increasingly readmitted to hospital as patients with ‘preventable’ conditions such as pressure sores and pneumonia, prompting concerns about the quality of patient care and discharge systems in the NHS. Resear...

NHS can’t replace ‘tatty’ and broken-down equipment due to lack of funding

23.05.18: “Missed investment opportunities” for vital cancer scanning and major equipment were identified as issues created due to government cuts in NHS funding, new research shows. Broken-down ambulances, rotten windows, and “tatt...

Increasing urgent admissions reflect growing NHS pressures

22.05.18: The number of patients admitted urgently to hospital has rocketed by 42% over the past decade, according to new research by the Health Foundation. The figures reveal that patients arriving in A&E are sicker than ever and more likely to need...

Government ‘letting down’ cancer patients, Labour warns

18.05.18: Patients are waiting up to 18 months for cancer treatment, according to figures obtained by Labour. A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the party revealed that two thirds of the trusts that responded had at least one patient waiting over...

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The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

10/08/2018The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

Falls should not be an inevitable part of ageing – and their snowball effect means the consequence of falls are far from limited to just hospital admissions, says Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE Almost a third of over-65s in the UK have a fall at least once a year, with a... more >
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Listening to the frontline

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Medication without harm

15/08/2018Medication without harm

The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Third Global Patient Safety Challenge, ‘Medication without harm,’ is ambitious, b... more >
Stepping up the fight against AMR

15/08/2018Stepping up the fight against AMR

Professor Mark Baker, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, explains what the organisation is doing to support the fight against antimic... more >
Population health for the 21st century

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Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >

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