As part of our ongoing series of conferences aimed at delivering key information and evidence based solutions in order to assist the communication and delivery of the NHS 5 yr forward view, Govconnect are proud to announce our inaugural Improving Patient Safety & Care conference taking place on February 6th 2019 at the Royal Society of Medicine, London. Where we will examine the implementation of the goals set out in NHS Englands next steps on the 5 year forward view.
The NHS treats more than one million people every 36 hours. Its 1.4 million staff are dedicated to providing an outstanding service for patients , families and carers every day. The care received by the vast majority of NHS patients and their families is truly superb.
The Department of Health and Social Care published the NHS (Quality Accounts) amendment regulations in July 2017. These add new mandatory disclosure requirements relating to "Learning from Deaths" to quality accounts from 2017/18 onwards.
The progress made since the Sir Robert Francis QC's report on the failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust are transformational, however medical treatment and care is complex and there is always the potential to do harm, or fall short of the standards of care.
Statistics show that 24,000 serious incidents of healthcare harm occur in the NHS each year, and around 150 deaths each week could have been avoidable were it not for problems in care. These figures are simply unacceptable and serve as a clear reminder that much work is still to be done if we are to truly create a patient focused , safe and caring environment. This crucially timed must attend conference will explore the evidence based methodologies and future innovations that can assist in making that vision a viable reality.
The Francis enquiry was published on the 6th of February 2013 and examined the causes of the failings in care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust between 2005-2009. The report made 290 recommendations including: Openness, transparency and candour throughout the health care system (including a statutory duty of candour), fundamental standards for health care providers.
The Berwick advisory group was then set up in 2013 to support Professor Don Berwick to review patient safety in the NHS in England. Its resulting report in August 2013, A promise to learn – a commitment to act, set out principles and recommendations for a whole-system approach to continually reduce harm throughout the NHS in England.
This year now marks the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service. Over that period medicine has been revolutionised and lives transformed. The Health Service’s founding principles – of care for all, on the basis of need not ability to pay – have stood the test of time. During one of the most vigorous debates our country has seen – over Brexit – the NHS was centre stage.
The case for the NHS is straightforward. Broadly speaking it does a good job for individual patients, offering high quality care for an ever-expanding range of conditions. It reduces insecurity for families, especially at times of economic uncertainty and dislocation, because access to care is not tied to your job or your income. And as one of the world’s most cost-effective health systems, it directly contributes to the success of the British economy.
But these are complex and challenging times for our country’s most trusted and respected social institution. Pressures on the NHS are greater than they have ever been, as is scrutiny and compliance with standards of care and regulation. As the conference will set out it is imperative that in these challenging times that standards are maintained and enhanced whilst ensuring momentum is not lost and the number of incidents and deaths are drastically reduced year on year.
The quality of NHS care is demonstrably improving, but were quite rightly becoming far more transparent about care gaps and avoidable mistakes.
The NHS Five Year Forward View set out why improvements were needed on our triple aim of better health, better care, and better value. This Plan concentrates on what will be achieved over the next two years, and how the Forward View’s goals will be implemented.
To that end, NHS Improvement has successfully brought coherence to the provider accountability structure that was previously split between Monitor for foundation trusts and the Trust Development Authority for NHS trusts.
As the responsible department tasked with overseeing foundation trusts and NHS trusts, as well as independent providers that provide NHS-funded care. NHS Improvement offer the support providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, they help the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.
Patient Safety Collaboratives is the largest safety initiative in the history of the NHS. The PSC is a joint initiative, funded and nationally coordinated by NHS Improvement, with the 15 regional PSCs organised and delivered locally by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). The Patient Safety Measurement Unit acts/operates as a central resource to collect and analyse data that is used to address the challenge of effectively measuring improvement.
Combined with the above increases in safety initiatives and monitoring and building on work of the existing 'Healthcare Safety investigation Branch' which has been in operation since April 2017, the draft "Health Service Safety Investigations Bill" will create a statutory Health Service Safety Investigations Body, independent of the NHS and at arms length from Government, with new powers that will enable it to discharge its investigative functions fully and effectively.
Improving Patient Safety & Care 2019 and its pre and post conference communications will highlight the new pivotal role this branch will provide in safety improvement along with greater understandings of the established investigative methods which they will apply the intention of which is solely for the use of appropriate learning not apportioning blame or individual fault.
This inaugural conference will assess how the NHS are making are currently making a difference in regards to improved safety and care and how it intends to do so in the future through a transparent constantly evolving patient centred system. It is therefore a must attend in the conference calendar for any one involved in the provision of patient centred services across the NHS, be that frontline, clinical or board level personnel.
The conference will seek to positively disrupt the sector and provide a platform for both success and failures to be analysed. It will facilitate the sharing of ideas and plans for 18/19 and beyond whilst promoting new and innovative concepts, fresh thinking and strategic collaboration. With a focus on all post conference insight in turn leading to stimulated action. It is hoped this conference will enable all NHS employees to better manage safety and care across the system and adopt a whole system approach to achieving excellence in this regard.