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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.

Clinical Audit: Driving Improvements in Adult Critical Care

Clinical Audit is a way to ensure that healthcare is provided in line with standards and lets healthcare providers know that their service is doing well. Professor Kathy Rowan from The Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre shares the methods used to perform audits in clinical settings.

Clinical Audit: Using Data, Audit and Evidence to Drive Quality Improvement

Using evidence-based data in Clinical Audit is at the heart of quality improvement at the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. Andrea Gibbons shares the clinical improvement strategies of the Somerset Trust.

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.

Learning Lessons from Preventable Sepsis Deaths: The UK Sepsis Trust

It is estimated that around 245,000 people develop sepsis in the UK each year. In this article, Dr Ron Daniels from the UK Sepsis Trust provides lessons and updates on the ongoing fight to end preventable sepsis deaths.

Patient Safety: Preventing Contamination and Infection through Improved Hygiene Procedures

Kate Harkus and Helen Dunn from Great Ormond Street Hospital share methods of reducing contamination in hospitals through improved hygiene procedures.

Patient Safety: Creating Regulation to Support Healthcare Workers Achieve Better Patient Outcomes

Dr Sean Weaver shares ways of creating regulation that supports healthcare workers to achieve better patient outcomes.

Patient Safety: Learning from Inpatient Deaths to Drive Improvements in Palliative Care

Dr Dan Monnery from the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre discusses why inpatient deaths should inform the development of better patient safety strategies.

Learning from Inpatient Deaths to Drive Improvements in Patient Care

Ensuring better patient safety and quality of care is a constant focus for the NHS. This case study explores the impact of mortality review processes in driving better patient safety.

Protect, Respect, Connect: Decisions about Living and Dying Well During Covid-19

How has Covid-19 affected the DNACPR decision-making process? We looked at the CQC's latest work to find out.

Using Electronic Data Systems in End-of-Life Care

EPaCCs keep a saved, electronic care plan for the last year of a patient’s life on a purpose-built database. Dr Steve Plenderleith spoke to us about the use of Electronic Palliative Care Coordination Systems and ways that they can improve end of life care in palliative medicine.

Improving End-of-Life Care for Patients with Learning Disabilities

Louise Jenkins spoke to us about ways of implementing workforce training programmes to improve end of life care for adults with learning disabilities.

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.

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.