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  • amin abdullah
    News

    Minister orders investigation of trust following nurse's suicide

    2017-05-10T07:00:00Z

    CQC will be asked to consider reviewing NHS disciplinary processes during inspections Imperial College Healthcare Trust to commission investigation into nurse’s dismissal after health minister intervenes Nurse Amin Abdullah died outside Kensington Palace in 2016 Disciplinary processes in the NHS are to come under the ...

  • Busy hospital
    News

    STP and forward view plans 'unrealistic', Francis warns

    2017-02-09T22:00:00Z

    The NHS is facing an “existential crisis” and measures in the Five Year Forward View and sustainability and transformation plans are “unrealistic”, Sir Robert Francis QC has said.

  • 02 e24008
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    Revealed: The hospitals with the worst nurse staffing

    2017-01-19T22:00:00Z

    Analysis suggests majority of acute hospitals are struggling to meet their own plans for nurse staffing Data shows trusts employing more healthcare assistants than planned Expert warns there is a risk of “false reassurance” on safety Decline in achieving staffing plans comes despite increases in employed ...

  • Healthcare assistant
    News

    Unregulated staff could be 'blacklisted' to protect patients

    2017-01-12T11:37:00Z

    Department of Health considering new powers to prevent unregulated staff working in the NHS Professional Standards Authority says the idea could be an effective way to stop staff who pose a risk to patients PSA also warned of a negative effect on workforce morale New ...

  • Whistle
    News

    More than 30 trusts do not have a whistleblower guardian

    2017-01-12T00:01:00Z

    33 trusts yet to appoint a freedom to speak up guardian National guardian Henrietta Hughes says she will alert national bodies if progress is not made She says: “NHS still has distance to go to create a universally open and honest culture” More than 30 ...

  • Dave west expert briefing
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    HSJ's Best of 2016: Expert Briefings

    2016-12-30T07:00:00Z

    Over Christmas and New Year, we are bringing you a round-up of some of HSJ’s highlights from 2016. Today we look at our Expert Briefing newsletters

  • Unconscious bias
    Comment

    We must be aware of and fight unconscious bias in healthcare

    2016-12-15T08:40:00Z

    It comes in many forms and can even affect patient safety, write Narinder Kapur and Peter Jones

  • Whistle
    News

    GP whistleblower guardian deadline extended

    2016-11-18T10:47:00Z

    Primary care providers will have until September next year to name their “freedom to speak up” guardians, NHS England has said.

  • Ruth May
    News

    Exclusive: Chief nurse 'will intervene to back nursing directors on staffing levels'

    2016-11-15T07:00:00Z

    NHS Improvement says safe staffing guidance will be evidence based Ruth May says she will intervene to support directors of nursing in decisions Work follows the suspension of safe nurse staffing work by NICE in 2015 NHS Improvement’s chief nurse will intervene to back nursing ...

  • manager
    News

    Exclusive: Robert Francis calls for regulation of senior managers

    2016-11-09T07:00:00Z

    Sir Robert Francis says senior managers should be regulated as part of a reformed system The Mid Staffordshire public inquiry chair also questions the fit and proper person test Calls for professional regulators to change their focus to do more for patient safety Senior NHS ...

  • Henrietta Hughes
    News

    Whistleblower guardian will 'not be an investigation body'

    2016-10-12T07:00:00Z

    National guardian for the freedom to speak up says her office will “not be an investigation body” Henrietta Hughes started as national guardian last week Dr Hughes says she has raised concerns twice in her career, and says it should be part of NHS “business as usual” ...

  • Stafford Hospital
    HSJ Local

    Stafford hospital children's emergency services to be reviewed

    2016-10-10T14:40:00Z

    Royal college to review children’s emergency service at Stafford hospital after safety fears led to suspension Trust has opened new minor injuries unit to treat children but those with severe illnesses will be transferred Report to be published next year after trust visit and analysis of data ...

  • David Behan
    News

    CQC told to change culture after data loss 'never event'

    2016-09-23T12:22:00Z

    Independent security review says July’s loss of 500 people’s data should be a “wake-up call” “Mismatch” between CQC policy and staff behaviour CQC considering second review next year to check on progress of organisational change An independent review has told the Care Quality Commission it ...

  • Stafford Hospital
    HSJ Local

    Stafford hospital A&E stops seeing children amid safety fears

    2016-08-25T12:55:00Z

    University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust says Stafford A E department is unsafe due to shortage of specialist paediatric staff Concerns echo those raised in August 2006 when a peer review warned of “immediate risks” to children due to a lack of staff Staff shortages include doctors ...

  • Duncan Astill
    Comment

    Criminalisation of healthcare professionals: do patients benefit?

    2016-08-22T07:00:00Z

    Internal assurance processes are vital to ensure criminal liability is not unfairly biased against healthcare professionals in the event of an accident

  • Workforce
    News

    Trusts may face financial penalties for over-recruiting staff

    2016-07-21T11:28:00Z

    Sixty-three provider trusts identified for excess pay bill growth since 2014 and face potential cuts of £356m This has been calculated by halving the excess growth above the level of inflation since 2015-16 One chief executive says NHS Improvement’s figures ignored the historical baseline of poor staffing ...

  • Eileen_Sills
    News

    CQC spent over £70k recruiting whistleblower guardian

    2016-07-20T11:02:00Z

    CQC spent £71,600 on recruitment of national guardian for NHS whistleblowers Regulator spent £61,300 on headhunters months before Carter review warned against using such firms First person in the role resigned after two months earlier this year The Care Quality Commission spent £71,600 recruiting the ...

  • Nicole ridgwell
    Comment

    Can we expect nursing associates in the NHS by spring 2017?

    2016-07-18T07:00:00Z

    With stakes pegged high for public safety, it may be a while till a regulated framework for the new healthcare role is set up in the NHS

  • Janet Davies
    News

    Royal colleges 'shocked' by Mackey staffing levels comments

    2016-07-13T17:14:00Z

    Royal colleges criticise NHS Improvement chief executive for saying some standards are only “aspirational” Safe staffing experts say Jim Mackey contradicted clinical evidence based guidelines One college president says NHS trusts should reject “shabby suggestion” and speak out on funding crisis Royal colleges and workforce ...

  • Busy hospital
    News

    Exclusive: NHS Improvement accused of 'dismantling' NICE safe staffing work

    2016-06-14T07:00:00Z

    NHS Improvement to revisit NICE safe staffing work on acute and maternity wards Chief nursing officer had said NICE guidance would not be re-examined by NHS Critics say move will confuse providers and risks undermining evidence based work NHSI has eight “safe and sustainable staffing” committees ...