New HEE film makes patient safety the number one healthcare concern

As part of its remit to improve safety in the NHS through the delivery of its education and training work, Health Education England (HEE) has produced a film to help staff in raising concerns over patient safety. The film, produced under the auspices of the Commission on Education and Training for Patient Safety chaired by Professor Sir Norman Williams and Sir Keith Pearson, will provide support for staff at all levels, addressing not only the importance of raising concerns but how to do it whilst... Readmore

GMC responds to ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ review

An independent review into creating an open and honest culture in the NHS has been welcomed by the General Medical Council (GMC). The review, led by Sir Robert Francis QC, provides many recommendations as to how to create a culture in which NHS staff feel safe to make disclosures about any aspect of the quality of care, malpractice or wrongdoing at work without fear of recrimination. The team undertaking the review spoke to individual NHS workers, as well as with employers, trade unions, professional... Readmore

Jeremy Hunt makes statement on NHS culture change and whistleblowing

The Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, has sent a message to all NHS staff concerning the issues of cultural change and whistleblowing.   Mr Hunt’s message falls on the same day as the publication of the Freedom to Speak Up report by Sir Robert Francis QC. The Secretary of State’s full statement is as follows: “Two years ago, Sir Robert Francis published his public inquiry report on the failures of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. His findings... Readmore

Sir Robert Francis QC whistleblowing review published

NHS whistleblowers who highlight poor standards of care are being ignored, bullied or even intimated, according to an independent review published today. The review - ‘Freedom to speak up?’ was conducted by Sir Robert Francis QC, who led two major inquiries into failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust. Its aim is to create an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS. Undertaken during August and September 2014, the government commissioned review found “shocking” examples... Readmore

Heymann appointed as non-executive director of Monitor

Leading clinician Dr Timothy Heymann has been appointed as a non-executive director of Monitor. With a background in regulation, Dr Heymann is a key appointment for Monitor and he brings a wealth of expertise to the healthcare financial regulator. As well as being the senior Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at Kingston Hospital, Dr Heymann also holds a post at Imperial College London as Reader in Health Management. Further expertise includes being a fellow of the Higher Education... Readmore

Licence to practise at risk for 8000 doctors warns GMC

The General Medical Council (GMC) has advised almost 8000 doctors that they have until the end of the week to provide information in support of their revalidation or face having their licence to practice removed. Doctors have a duty under the GMC’s Licence to Practise and Revalidation Regulations to provide information but as yet 7,818 have failed to do so. Those who do not respond will receive a final notice letter advising them that they have 28 days to confirm their designated revalidation... Readmore

NHS Litigation Authority unveils new Chief Executive

A strong addition to the health sector has been made this week with Catherine Dixon joining the NHS Litigation Authority as its new Chief Executive. Catherine was previously General Counsel and Company Secretary at the NSPCC, and played a leading role within the Executive Team as the charity went through a period of significant change.  “I am delighted to join the NHS Litigation Authority, an organisation which makes a major contribution to patient safety,” said Catherine. “The NHSLA... Readmore

Landmark ruling hands employers the right to force workers to retire

In a landmark ruling that is likely to have significant ramifications for those working in healthcare, the UK Supreme Court has outlined the powers available to employers to enable them to make workers retire. The ruling states that in the case of Leslie Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes, a request made by Mr Seldon to his employers that he wished to work beyond his 65thbirthday and which was turned down, was a decision based on “fairness between generations” and was a legitimate one. Mr... Readmore
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