People are now taking more drugs than ever before, but who is responsible for ensuring each patient’s prescriptions are appropriate?
Candace Imison draws on some of the inspirational stories we heard at our 2013 Annual Conference to look at how the NHS could improve patient safety by learning from mistakes.
Whichever way you look at it, responding to Francis and the associated reports was going to be a challenging balancing act for the government.
The new GP contract is a small step in the right direction, but it falls far short of the rebirth of general practice. Much more needs to be done to transform primary care and ensure it meets the needs of patients and populations in future, says Chris Ham.
Turning around a culture of care cannot be achieved through a quick fix. It takes courage, because you can’t start to improve things without first admitting that you could have been doing things better, says Joanna Goodrich.
Our conversations with governors suggest they are still not fulfilling their potential as the voice of local populations on hospital boards. Not through a lack of will, but rather through a lack of clarity and support, says Becky Seale.
Vijaya Nath looks at what responsible officers – those who make recommendations to the General Medical Council about doctors’ fitness to practice – think about the process of revalidation.
So much of our effort is spent trying to extend life that our ageing society should be a success story, a cause for celebration. Why then aren’t care homes firmly on the agenda in political debates on the NHS?
Angela Coulter explains why the house of care ought to be the centrepiece of every integrated care project, with greater attention paid to the contribution that people make towards managing their own health.
The culture that patients are treated in is the one that we all work in, and if we are to learn from Francis and truly improve the NHS, it starts with us, says Donna Lee.
How have HealthPathways improved referral management, communication between health professionals and quality outcomes in Canterbury, New Zealand? Nick Timmins looks at the evidence in his new blog post.
Published in the BMJ Quality and Safety today, a research project has examined how quality and safety is prioritised across the NHS in England. Michael West discusses the highlights of this work on the culture of care.
David Oliver looks at the direct and indirect costs associated with falls and fractures, and how we can disentangle these from the costs of the multiple morbidities people who fall often live with.
This week is ‘Be Kind to Humankind’ week. Of course we shouldn’t need a week to exhort us to be kind, but there is much evidence for the benefits of kind and compassionate health care, says Belinda Weir.
To secure the opportunities of the ‘gift of longer life’ we have to think differently about how we organise and fund our health and care services for an ageing population.
Can you change culture from Whitehall? Catherine Foot sets out six opportunities for the DH and NHS England to help them prioritise quality of care and safety for patients.
It is impossible to deliver effective care without the crucial contribution of highly trained allied health professionals. Yet, whenever the quality of health care is debated, these vital staff are written out of the conversation.
The first of our co-ordinated care case studies highlight a number of components needed for good, joined-up care. But the challenge will be to make this care a reality for patients throughout the country.
The Keogh Review was hard-hitting about the need for change and supportive for those who will need to drive it. This is a delicate balance, and board leadership must be treated with care if the NHS is to achieve the openness that Keogh calls for.
As the NHS now enters its 66th year, how far have we got towards Darzi's vision of clinical and organisational leaders collecting data on quality and using it to continuously improve care?