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ReSPECT the process and talk early

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Tony Goring, Project Manager on the Patient Safety Collaborative at the West of England AHSN reflects on a conversation with student paramedics on the day ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) rolls out across parts of the West of England. As ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) launched across…

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ReSPECT rolls out across Bristol, Somerset and Gloucestershire

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Today (Thursday 10 October), patients across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commisioning Group (BNSSG CCG) and Gloucestershire CCG areas will begin conversations with their clinicians and health care professionals to identify their own care and treatment preferences. It is likely that these discussions and decisions will be recorded using a new purple…

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Evidence-informed update to Emergency Department safety checklist toolkit

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Evidence from NIHR CLAHRC West’s evaluation of the use of the Emergency Department (ED) Safety Checklist in hospitals in the West of England has been used to update the national toolkit. The toolkit, developed and hosted by the West of England AHSN, supports ED staff who are implementing the Safety Checklist. Hospital trusts have been…

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Why should we care about psychological safety?

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Image credit: Robert Samuel Hanson Nathalie Delaney, Patient Safety Programme Manager at the West of England AHSN introduces ‘psychological safety’, how it impacts on teamwork and, in healthcare settings, how it impacts on patient safety. When people talk about safety, it doesn’t take long for the topic of “safety culture” to come up. But what…

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Speaking up for safety; my experience and advice

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Kevin Hunter, Associate Director for Patient Safety & Programme Delivery at the West of England AHSN shares his experience, and learning, regarding speaking up for safety in a clinical setting.  I’m sure many reading this have one or more examples of a situation where you wanted to speak up against the behaviours or actions of…

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The PReCePT Programme: from little acorns, oak trees grow

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Ellie Wetz, Programme Manager for the National PReCePT Programme, and West of England Medicines Safety Programme, shares how PReCePT has grown over the last five years.  In a world where the impact of our patient safety work may feel small, it is sometimes amazing and surprising to hear that a project you have worked on has…

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Medication errors: how common are they and how can they be reduced?

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Joanna Garrett, Senior Project Manager, shares her experience and knowledge of medication errors, and how her projects are working to reduce these in the West of England region.  I’m a healthcare professional and I’ve made a medication error. Mine occurred late at night whilst working as a Paramedic. I was at the end of a…

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How learning sessions are improving Maternal and Neonatal safety

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Shomais Amedick, Project Support Officer, shares her observations on our Maternal and Neonatal Heath Safety Collaborative learning sessions. I love that the UK has a National Health Service for its citizens and values the dignity of human life. This strength shines through the Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative (MNHSC) by improving the healthcare experience…

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An introduction to the Mental Health Collaborative

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Andrea Byles, Mental Health Collaborative Programme Lead, introduces the work of the collaborative. I first became involved with the South of England Mental Health Collaborative (MHC) in 2014 as the Programme Manager for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. After attending my first Learning Session I quickly became passionate about all things MHC. I couldn’t believe…

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Could NEWS go international?

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Hannah Little, Patient Safety Improvement Lead and Senior Project Manager, reflects on the spread of NEWS across the country, and beyond. The National Early Warning Score (now NEWS2) saves lives. It provides a simple, objective overview of a person’s physiological condition by turning vital markers of deranged physiology into a score. The higher the score,…

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