It is just over one year since Professor Don Berwick published the “A promise to learn: a commitment to act” report on the safety of patients in England in the wake of the Francis Inquiry. This is a brief review of progress since then. Dr Mike Durkin, NHS England’s Director of Patient Safety, notes improvements in incident reporting, lower incidence of healthcare-related infections and reductions in the harm to patients receiving NHS care.
Durkin, M. (2014). Berwick one year on: NHS England’s advances in patient safety. London: NHS England, August 6th 2014.
Local Patient Safety Collaboratives
In Autumn 2014 NHS England plans to launch the Patient Safety Collaboratives Programme. Fifteen collaboratives aim to achieve the best patient safety initiative in the history of the NHS. They will introduce continuous learning and quality improvement to all aspects of safety in the health care system. These collaboratives will be managed by the Academic Health Science Networks.
Local patient safety collaboratives take shape. London: Health Foundation, August 6th 2014.
Suspensions and Restrictions: GMC Consultation
Possibly also of interest, the General Medical Council plans to toughen sanctions for doctors who harm patients. The GMC wants to be able to restrict the practice of doctors who made past mistakes and have re-trained, even when their work has improved.
Failure to raise concerns about colleagues’ ability to practise safely might be subject to harsher penalties.
Doctors who harm patients face ‘tougher sanctions’. London: BBC Health News, August 22nd 2014.
Possibly also of interest:
Major consultation to improve patient protection and public confidence in doctors. Press Release. London [Online]: General Medical Council, August 22nd 2014.
A related GMC webpage:
Consultation on indicative sanctions guidance, apologies and warnings. London [Online]: General Medical Council, August 2014.
This relates to:
Reviewing how we deal with concerns about doctors: a public consultation on changes to our sanctions guidance and on the role of apologies and warnings. Consultation document. London: General Medical Council, August 2014.