Patient safety

Improving patient safety involves assessing how patients could be harmed, preventing or managing risks, reporting and analysing incidents, learning from such incidents and implementing solutions to minimise the likelihood of them reoccurring.

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Estates and Facilities Alert – potential failure of high-voltage equipment

This alert highlights the potential failure of the Schneider Electric (Merlin Gerin) Ringmaster RN2c, RE2c and RN6c ring main units. Managers and staff responsible for the procurement, supply, maintenance and … Read more → – Estates and Facilities Alert – potential failure of high-voltage equipment

Consultation on HIV positive healthcare workers launched

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A consultation into relaxing the restrictions placed on the work that can be undertaken by HIV positive healthcare workers was launched today. This follows a review by a group of … Read more → – Consultation on HIV positive healthcare workers launched

NHS Constitution changes to enshrine whistle-blowing in law

Health staff who raise concerns about poor patient care will be protected in the future, under changes to the NHS Constitution announced today. The changes will also make it clear … Read more → – NHS Constitution changes to enshrine whistle-blowing in law

Duty of Candour consultation launched

A consultation has been launched on implementing a ‘Duty of Candour’, a contractual requirement on NHS providers to be open with patients when things go wrong with their healthcare. The … Read more → – Duty of Candour consultation launched

The role of patient safety

The Department of Health’s White Paper, Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, puts safety services at the heart of its proposals.  The supporting consultation document on the development of an … Read more → – The role of patient safety