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The Positive Impacts of Staff Networks in the Workplace

In 2018, 35% of LGBTQ+ staff reported hiding their sexuality at work for fear of discrimination, according to Stonewall. Ian Adams, Director of Engagement at NHS Resolution shares some reflections on his experience as an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Champion and the positive impact staff networks are having at NHS Resolution.

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.

Training Staff and Developing Team Culture to Improve Safety and Outcomes for Mothers

Midwives are being driven out of the NHS by understaffing and fears they cannot deliver safe care to women in the current system. Gemma Puckett, Head of Midwifery at Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust shares the importance of developing positive workplace cultures to increase staff satisfaction and improve patient care.

Supporting NHS Staff Under Pressure and Promoting Team Wellbeing

In recent years NHS staff have faced unprecedented challenges and been under extreme pressure to deliver high-quality patient care consistently. In this video, Dr Olivia Donnelly, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Coach at North Bristol NHS Trust discusses how trusts can better support NHS staff working under pressure to build healthy working teams.

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.

NHS Reforms: Integrated Care Systems

The NHS Long Term Plan brings significant reforms for the NHS. With the rollout of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) being one of the flagship reforms introduced. This briefing examines ICSs and their accompanying systems; discussing the implications for providers, and offers case studies from health systems who have succeeded in introducing ICSs.

Representation of Ethnic Minorities in the NHS

1.3 million people were employed by the NHS in March 2020. However, only 22.1% of those employed were from minority ethnic backgrounds. In this infographic, we explore some of the data on the current make-up of the NHS workforce across England.

Gender at Work: Women on NHS Boards, Working Towards 50:50

Fiona Edwards from the Surrey and Border Partnership NHS Foundation Trust spoke to us about the presence of women on NHS Boards.

Emergency Services Wellbeing: Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing Services for NHS Frontline Workers

NHS staff have been under immense pressure, having a significant impact on the mental health of the workforce. Steve Lee, Head of Staff Health and Wellbeing at NHS England and NHS Improvement discussed the wellbeing services for NHS staff as well as the importance of having wellbeing conversations.

Clinical Audit: The Impact of Covid-19 on Clinical Audit

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) were tasked with maintaining and improving Clinical Audit during the pandemic. Professor Danny Keenan, a Medical Director at HQIP discussed their strategy and the key challenges that they faced.

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.

Delivering Evidence-Based Approaches to Tackling Drug and Substance Misuse

It is argued that the approach to drug addiction taken in the UK for the past 30 years has been a failure. Crispin Blunt MP, co-Chair of the APPG for Drug Policy Reform, explores the example of Portugal and how the UK can bring its policies in line with the overwhelming bulk of new evidence.

Public Sector Estates: Redeveloping and Releasing Surplus Land to Generate Income

LocatED find, buy, and manage sites for new schools whilst working with commercial developers to repurpose surplus land. Lara Newman presented the work of LocatED, sharing the benefits of repurposing surplus land through presenting the recent development projects of LocatED.

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.

Embedding Digital Technology into Nursing

While the NHS implements its long-term plan to digitise healthcare, it is essential to engage nurses in this new digital strategy. This article outlines the need for digital integration into the nursing workforce.

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.

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.
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