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John Tingle

To learn the lessons, think beyond the specialty

Patient safety reports have a key role in helping staff maintain and develop good organisational cultures. They are a rich source of real-time information showing how nurses and doctors can better...

Patient safety: a multifaceted issue

A key issue with policy development and culture change is always going to be the pace of change. I have said many times in my columns that this has been too slow and that systemic problems perpetuate....

Reflecting on the state of health and social care in England

The report argues that before COVID-19 care was generally good, but with little overall improvement with some specific areas of concern identified. In terms of NHS acute care, there was some...

The Long and Winding Road to Developing a Patient Safety Culture

Whether it is the NHS in England or in a developing or transitioning country, a patient safety culture and a focus on health quality are intrinsic, inseparable features. Common sense dictates that a...

Global and national perspectives on patient safety

‘These include steps to protect health workers from violence; to improve their mental health; to protect them from physical and biological hazards; to advance national programmes for health worker...

NHS reports round up: the scale of the patient safety challenge

One of the functions of NHS Resolution is to manage litigation claims brought against the NHS organisations. This position gives it a unique overview of NHS clinical negligence, complaints and patient...

The never-ending story of NHS complaint system reform

There is a long history of NHS reports into how complaints are handled and what needs to be done to make things better, but progress in effecting change has been slow. Clwyd and Hart (2013) in their...

Patient safety reports analysis: post COVID-19

Whatever the Government and NHS appetite for reform and change, the emerging care quality crisis at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust is guaranteed to keep patient safety a live public...

Patient safety in the NHS: latest reports update

‘The trust's maternity services are currently subject to an independent inquiry, led by Donna Ockenden, which has identified 1170 cases over a 40-year period that warrant investigation.’ .

Suing the NHS for clinical negligence: reports analysis

There has been a call from Peter Walsh, Chief Executive of Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), and others for urgent action to be taken to prevent avoidable harm and deaths among non-COVID-19...

Clinical negligence claims following the COVID-19 pandemic

‘Grieving families of patients who have died after contracting coronavirus are exploring the possibility of taking the NHS to court, as unions warn litigation threats are piling added pressure on...

Global patient safety initiatives and the NHS

The WHO's work in global patient safety has had a direct influence on NHS efforts to develop an ingrained patient safety culture. Some useful materials and initiatives have been developed. In...

Litigation and patient–carer, safety issues in the COVID-19 crisis

‘In a significant U-turn, PHE advised frontline staff to wear a flimsy plastic apron with coveralls when gowns ran out, in a move that doctors and nurses fear may lead to more of them contracting...

COVID-19 safety in maternity care: lessons for the whole NHS

More than a fifth of birthing centres and more than a third of homebirth services have been closed due to midwifery shortages (Summers, 2020), and there are concerns about how quickly ambulances can...

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