Operation - How safe are you?

The rates of error present a significant challenge to those boring in the NHS. Mona Guckian Fisher looks at near miss events within surgery

Realising the value in patient safety

Don Redding of National Voices discusses the organisation’s Realising the Value programme and summarises the available concepts of value

With the release of NHS Digital’s experimental statistics on the implementation of seven-day services, Health Business examines the findings and weighs up the pros and cons of seven-day care.

The show that puts patient safety first

Health Business looks at the various conference streams of Patient First, the national event for patient safety

Investing in staff to deliver better patient care

Clare Price-Dowd advises that investing in your staff is the only way to deliver high quality patient care

Guardians will help whistleblowers speak out

Neil Churchill, NHS England’s director for patient experience, discusses the steps that are being taken to ensure primary care staff feel supported if raising safety concerns.

Could improving the complaints process improve patient safety?

Health Business analyses the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s ‘Breaking down the Barriers’ report and examines what improving the complaints process could mean for improving patient safety and care outcomes for older patients.

The NHS Leadership Academy analyse how patient inclusion and participation can lead to well‑informed leaders – which in turn provides better care and service for those patients in need

With evidence suggesting that patients face a higher risk of mortality in hospitals at weekends, the Conservative government has outlined plans for a seven-day NHS. But how will this work and what challenges will need to be overcome first? Health Business reports

Tony Sant of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency examines how the development of an integrated reporting tool and improved governance for problems with medicines and medical equipment will play a vital role in raising standards for patient care

John Illingworth of leading charity the Health Foundation examines the fallout from the 2013 Francis Report and assesses the government’s attempts to change an entrenched culture

A year on from the hard-hitting Francis Report, Tony Yeaman and Emlyn Williams of Weightmans LLP review the NHS response to date, and outline an approach for boards to meet new guidelines

If we want to see real improvements to patient safety following the care failings at Mid Staffordshire, then health leaders must act decisively, urges the Patients Association

What does the government's initial response to the Francis report mean for the future of patient care?

The NHS in Scotland has been brave to admit failures in its healthcare system and address these with a commitment to deliver safe care for every patient – with impressive results to date

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Organised by the Infection Prevention Society, the conference aims to bring together infection prevention and control professionals from across the UK and further afield to share and debate best practice, research and discuss the latest issues within the infection prevention field.

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