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The challenges facing the NHS in implementing Martha's Rule

21 March 2024
Volume 33 · Issue 6

NHS England (2024a) has recently provided details on how Martha's Rule will be implemented in the NHS. The first phase will start in April 2024. There will be a phased introduction, beginning with at least, the report states,100 adult and paediatric acute provider sites. These will already offer a 24/7 critical outreach capability. NHS England will shortly be asking for expressions of interests from Trusts. A document will be created that will outline the additional support available from NHS England, including funding for project resources and access to specialist support and expertise. The initial roll-out experience will inform future plans and policy across the NHS for Martha's Rule in 2025-2026 and across other clinical settings such as community and mental health hospitals. The roll out is to be welcomed and Martha's Rule will provide a useful tool to enhance patient safety in the NHS and will contribute to the development of an NHS patient safety culture.

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