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Changing Culture

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The culture of an organisation can make an enormous difference to the safety of its patients. It can impact on:
  • How seriously senior managers and the organisation as a whole take patient safety;
  • How willing staff are to admit errors and critical incidents and thus allow learning from them;
  • How willing staff are to challenge their colleagues (including those at more senior levels) over poor practice.

This category aims to recognise organisations where a commitment to improving patient safety has led to the successful implementation of an initiative resulting in an organisation-wide acceptance that patient safety is the responsibility of all staff.

Specific entry criteria

Entries will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Impact - evidence of how widespread the cultural change has been, for example, across different disciplines or departments and levels in the organisational hierarchy;
  • Results - clear and, where possible, measurable examples of the impact that cultural change within the organisation has had on patient safety;
  • Sustainability - how likely it is that the cultural change achieved will be long-lasting;
  • Dissemination - how the learning has been spread.

Patient Safety & Care News

Alder Hey Children's Hospital has claimed it may lose a £4m donation after a damning report by inspectors.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) placed the hospital in a "potentially high risk" category over standards including patient safety.

Patient Safety & Care News

NHS reforms signal to end of staff 'gagging clauses'

So-called "gagging clauses" are to be removed from contracts when a member of staff leaves the NHS.

Health minister Alex Neil said a new standard settlement agreement will be drafted which does not include confidentiality clauses.

Patient Safety & Care News

Stethoscopes 'more contaminated' than doctors' hands

Doctors should disinfect their stethoscopes after every examination because the instruments are heavily contaminated by bacteria, a study says.

Stethoscopes were found to carry as many bacteria as the palms of doctors' hands, and only doctors' fingertips were 'dirtier'.

Patient Safety & Care News

Piggy Lane, Bicester care home safety criticised in report

Staffing levels at a care home in Oxfordshire could affect patient safety, an inspection has found.

The Piggy Lane unit for adults with learning and physical disabilities in Bicester was also criticised by the Care quality Commission (CQC) for its assessment of patients.

Patient Safety & Care News

Patients 'are safer with better-educated nurses'

A Europe-wide study suggests that nurse education and patient to nursing staff ratios may impact on patient outcomes.