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Patient safety in Acute Care

Healthcare provision in acute care has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years and the safety of patients while they are cared for in acute settings is paramount. This category seeks entries from organisations that have developed initiatives to improve patient safety in acute healthcare situations. It aims to recognise innovative work that will reduce patient risk and/or will add to the evidence base surrounding patient safety in acute care, helping to build a foundation for further work.

Specific entry criteria

Entries will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Innovation - the quality and originality of the idea;
  • Results - demonstration of clear and measurable outcomes;
  • Potential - the contribution the work is likely to make to the wider development of patient safety interventions in primary care;
  • Dissemination - how the learning from the initiative has been spread to other parts of the organisation and beyond.

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.