Diabetes UK | October 2018 | Making hospitals safe for people with diabetes
The report from Diabetes UK has been created by an alliance of groups and individuals striving to improve hospital care for people with diabetes. Thorough engagement with diabetes inpatient teams, ward staff, people with diabetes and hospital management means we now understand the depth of the challenges facing the NHS in improving diabetes inpatient care. For their report, Diabetes UK visited
hospitals across the country to find out what works.
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The report outlines six points that the UK needs to make hospitals safer for people with diabetes.
multidisciplinary diabetes inpatient teams in all hospitals
strong clinical leadership from diabetes inpatient teams
knowledgeable healthcare professionals who understand diabetes
better support in hospitals for people to take ownership of their diabetes
better access to systems and technology
more support to help hospitals learn from mistakes.
The report outlines these points in more detail and highlights what needs to be in place in all acute hospitals across England to make sure every stay for someone with diabetes is safe.
The report’s recommendations are based on models from across the UK which have been shown to improve patient care (Source: Diabetes UK).
BBC Radio 4| October 2018 | Transforming care is it working?
According to figures obtained and reported by BBC Radio 4, patients with learning disabilities are 50 per cent more likely to be physically restrained, despite ministers condemning their use. File on 4 finds that a key milestone to reduce inpatient beds by by March 2019 and to transform the lives of people who have been previously been ‘stuck’ in institutional settings is in danger of being missed (BBC Radio 4).
Radio 4 Transforming Care- Is it working? The full episode is vailable on the BBCiPlayer Radio
Care Quality Commission | September 2018 | Sexual safety on mental health wards
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report -Sexual Safety on Mental Health Wards report- shares findings and recommendations after reviewing incidents related to sexual safety on mental health wards.
Their analysis of almost 60,000 reports found 1,120 sexual incidents involving patients, staff, visitors and others described in 919 reports – some of which included multiple incidents. More than a third of the incidents (457) could be categorised as sexual assault or sexual harassment of patients or staff.
Providers and people who use services told CQC:
People who use services do not always feel that they are kept safe from unwanted sexual behaviour
Clinical leaders of mental health services do not always know what is good practice in promoting the sexual safety of people using the service and of their staff
Many staff do not have the skills to promote sexual safety or to respond appropriately to incidents
The ward environment does not always promote the sexual safety of people using the service
Staff may under-report incidents and reports may not reflect the true impact on the person who is affected
Joint-working with other agencies such as the police does not always work well in
NHS Improvement | June 2018 | Resources to support safer modification of food and drink
NHS Improvement has issued a resource alert to eliminate use of the imprecise term ‘soft diet’ and assist providers with safe transition to the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) framework, which introduces standard terminology to describe texture modification for food and drink.
Resources to support safer modification of food and drink arehere
NHS Improvement has published A just culture guide. This guide encourages managers to treat staff involved in a patient safety incident in a consistent, constructive and fair way. It supports a conversation about whether a staff member involved in a patient safety incident requires specific individual support or intervention to work safely.
NHS England | Improved asthma and dementia care from community pharmacists under new quality scheme |
Since April 2017, over 97 per cent of pharmacies – 11,410 out of approximately 11,700 – took part in the The Quality Payments Scheme, this provides an incentive to deliver new clinical services, to encourage more people to use their local pharmacist.
The scheme had three key foci:
Over 12,500 asthma patients at high risk of suffering a severe asthma attack have been identified and referred for a full asthma review, whilst 70,000 pharmacy staff have become ‘Dementia Friends’ in order to offer greater awareness regarding the needs of people with dementia.
The scheme ran between December 2016 and March 2018, NHS England is currently considering how best to implement the successes of this scheme over the long-term.