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What Constitutes a Good Clinical Audit and Feedback Cycle?

Clinical audit is a way to ensure healthcare is being provided in line with service standards and lets both care providers and patients know the service is doing well. John Grant-Casey is the Programme Manager - National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusions at NHS Blood and Transplant. He shared with us what makes a good audit and why audits are a necessary aspect of improving patient experience.

Implementing Preceptorship Programmes to Improve the Retention of New NHS Staff

In April 2021, there was a shortage of nearly 84,000 full-time equivalent staff across NHS England. Urgent action is required to tackle a vicious cycle of shortages and increased pressures on staff. Debbi Howard, Head of Clinical Education and Sarah Sumner, Clinical Director for Resuscitation, Simulation and Skills at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust discuss how preceptorship programmes can help improve staff retention in trusts.

How NEWS2 is Improving Health and Social Care in the West of England

Almost 50,000 deaths in the UK are caused by Sepsis every year. The West of England AHSN is ‘Spreading the NEWS2’ to help healthcare professionals make the right judgements and save lives.

A new strategy for Health and Social Care: The CQC Perspective

Covid-19 has shaken up health and social care, possibly forever. The CQC has been analysing healthcare during the impact of pandemic, coming up with a dynamic new strategy in an attempt to future-proof care providers in the event of another crisis.

Managing Transfers of Care & Reducing Hospital Admissions

Britain’s ageing population have complex needs, which the health and social care system is adapting to meet. Creating integrated care communities to reduce hospitalisations is key to this new strategy.

Responding Quickly and Effectively to the Deterioration of Sepsis Patients

Strong processes and procedures are in place to aid medical professionals spot a deteriorating patient. This case study explores those methods and highlights why trusting your instinct can be just as important when spotting sepsis.

How a Buddy System is Helping to Retain Nurses at Gateshead Trust

With nurse retention rates at an all time low, Gateshead NHS Trust has developed a strategy to make new starters feel welcome and prepared, whilst giving more experienced staff a new lease of life and job satisfaction.

Safeguarding Children and Young People the NHS Perspective

Effective safeguarding arrangements seek to prevent and protect individuals from harm or abuse, regardless of their circumstances. This article discusses the NHS’ perspective on safeguarding child victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Implementing Regulations to Achieve Better Healthcare Outcomes

Sean Weaver, Deputy Medical Director at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) discussed Never Events, how to ensure solid improvements following an investigation, and how to embed regular reiteration into the overall strategy.

The Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation Conference: Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the NHS

Kenny Gibson, National Lead of Safeguarding for the NHS speaks to us about methods the National Health Service have in place to protect children

NHS Estates: Delivering Sustainable Practice across the Estate

In October 2020, the NHS became the first national healthcare system in the world to commit to a delivering net zero carbon emissions. This case study presents the Green Plan of the Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly Health Care Partnership.

Developing a ‘Decision Resilient’ Workforce

The High Intensity Network are providing training to the emergency services to deal with high-stress situations. This case study explores how the High Intensity Network strive to develop 'decision resilient' workforces.

The NHS App: Harnessing Digital, Data and Technology in Healthcare

The NHS App is transforming the healthcare experience by embracing the latest tech and constantly improving data use. This case study provides an overview of the functions of the app.

Developing a Collaborative Approach: Reducing Incidents of Violence in A&E

We spoke with a former member of the armed forces and police service Vincent Smith on how the NHS can collaborate with the police to improve safety in the ED.
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