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Patient safety

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Highlighting learning from practitioners and research from human factors in health care.

Follow this theme to discover what patient safety means as a practice. We share learning from practitioners, and researchers and findings from the developing field of human factors in health care.

Patient safety


Medication reconciliation

Unintended inconsistencies in medication regimens occur with any transition in care. Medication reconciliation refers to the process of avoiding such inadvertent inconsistencies by reviewing the patient's current medication regimen and comparing it with the regimen being considered for the new setting of care. (American)

BMJ Quality and Safety

A qualitative positive deviance study to explore exceptionally safe care on medical wards for older people

The positive deviance approach seeks to identify and learn from those who demonstrate exceptional performance. This study sought to explore how multidisciplinary teams deliver exceptionally safe care on medical wards for older people.

Care Quality Commission

CQC and the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has published a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreement

The agreement sets out how CQC will work together to promote the safety and wellbeing of people receiving NHS care in England.

Department of Health and Social Care

Quality and safety of human blood and blood products if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal it will become a third country operating outside of EU rules. There will be some changes to the way blood and blood components are imported and exported. This guidance sets out what is required to ensure the safety and quality of blood and blood products.

Public Health England

Safeguarding in general dental practice: a toolkit for dental teams

The dental team has a statutory duty of care to all patients, which includes ensuring that safeguarding arrangements are in place. This document provides an overview of safeguarding as a whole for the dental team by: clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the dental team in promoting the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse; signposting useful safeguarding resources.

NIHR Themed review

Staffing on Wards - Making decisions about healthcare staffing

The nature of patient needs and ward activity is changing. Inpatients tend to be more ill than they used to be, many with complex needs often arising from multiple long-term conditions. At the same time, hospitals face the challenges of a shortage and high turnover of registered nurses. This review presents recent evidence including studies on the number of staff needed, the support workforce and the organisation of care on the wards.

University of Bristol

When safeguarding becomes stigmatising: a report on the impact of FGM-safeguarding procedures on people with a Somali heritage living in Bristol

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is considered by the UN to be a ‘global concern’. International organisations routinely claim a 98 per cent prevalence rate among the Somali population (UNICEF 2013). As a consequence, Somalis living in the UK have attracted particular attention from FGM-safeguarding policy. This research presents the perspectives of Somali families living in Bristol with experience of FGM-safeguarding services.

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