Patient Care

A Summer Of Discontent

Janet Davies | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK
Janet Davies

safety. However it is those very concerns that are now taking our focus towards industrial action. The current conditions are driving people out of the profession and putting new people off joining - and patients simply won't get the care they deserve from a workforce that is short on numbers

Saving The World, One Patient At A Time

Janet Davies | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Janet Davies

Tales of superhuman strength, commitment and compassion have come in from far and wide. What we've found is that it's not the moments of great drama that people remember as much as the quiet moments of support, the kind words that help them to be brave.

Diluting The Hospital Nurse Skill Mix Is Not In The Public Interest

Jane Ball | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK
Jane Ball

Our study suggests that the NHS needs to focus on achieving safe registered nurse staffing levels as a means to achieve better outcomes for patients. Anything less won't do.

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

Time for the NHS to Embrace Expo-Nential Innovation

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 27.08.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

We have seen glimpses of innovation agility across the system - last year just 3% of GPs in England offered patients' online appointments, repeat prescriptions and access to summary information in medical records. Now this stands at 97%. A decade ago, it cost millions to sequence a genome, now it's less than £1,000.

The NHS Is on the Cusp of an Innovation Revolution

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

Technology continues to disrupt the world we live in. Newspapers are digital. Cars are electric. Amazon and iTunes are the department and music stores of today. Visiting travel agents has been replaced by e-tickets and online check-in and whistling for a taxi by the push of a button with the likes of Uber.

Putting Technology at the Fingertips of Patients and Doctors Might Just Transform Healthcare

David Lancefield | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Tech
David Lancefield

There's no one place to see all of the information on our son, whether that's his medical records or progress reports. We combine this information and analysis ourselves on our home PC and in multiple ring binders.

Forty Million Dis-Appointments

Jim Sherifi | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Jim Sherifi

Maybe instead we should just accept that no system is perfect and in one with nearly 400million documented contacts between human beings; that 10 million dysfunctional ones ain't that bad after all.

New Legislation on 'Duty of Candour' Will Help to Raise Standards But Resources Are the Real Issue

Caroline Klage | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK
Caroline Klage

New legislation intended to ensure patients treated by the NHS receive safe care is an important step forward but without more resources, it is diffic...

Pharmacists: Ready, Willing and Able to Improve Patient Care

Ash Soni | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Ash Soni

For a long time awareness of what pharmacists do (in addition to dispensing medicines) and how they can help patients has been low. Yet pharmacists can support better patient centred care within health and social care, particularly with the support of other NHS colleagues. And that support is building.

Gynaecologist Put 'On Watch' to Protect Public Safety

Caroline Klage | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Caroline Klage

A Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist working at hospitals in the North East of England has effectively been put 'on watch' for 12 months by the General Medical Council (GMC) after being found to have caused patients unnecessary suffering by making a series of avoidable mistakes.

More Than A Quarter Of NHS Trusts 'High Risk' For Patients

PA | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK

More than a quarter of NHS trusts have been identified as high risk and may not be offering safe, good-quality care to patients, a new report shows. ...

Patient Complaints About Doctors On The Rise

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The number of complaints about doctors made by their colleagues or patients is on the rise, according to new figures. Data from the General Medical...

Undermining Trainees - How Senior Doctors Still Set a Poor Example

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Neel Sharma

The consultant turned to him and straight faced said, 'I would like to thank you for all your hard work these past months, if you need a reference for McDonald's I'd be happy to help,' before turning his back and leaving the ward. The consultant at the time happened to be one of the programme directors for junior trainees at that hospital.

NHS Workers Must Understand There Is No 'I' in Team

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK
Dr Neel Sharma

Despite the manifesto underpinning the National Health Service, there are obvious concerns with its functioning, blighted primarily by a lack of resources. As a result NHS workers are left to function in an extirpated environment with less than optimum fodder; limited staffing, bed space and financial constraints hindering the use of latest technologies and treatment.

GPs 'Cannot Guarantee Safe Care' For Patients Amid Mounting Pressure

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK

Almost half of GPs say they can "no longer guarantee safe care" for their patients, statistics show. A poll of family doctors found that 49% though...

Carry on Doctoring

Nick Abbot | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Abbot

There are some occupations you simply can not get fired from, no mater how mind meltingly bad you are at doing your job.

Are Britain's GP Exams Discriminatory Against International Students?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A group of ethnic minority doctors has launched legal action against the doctors' watchdog over alleged inequality in GP competency exams. The Brit...

The NHS and Nursing - The Constant Revolution

Scott Lister | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Politics
Scott Lister

Like many nurses, I left the NHS because I found it practically impossible to be able to deliver a good standard of care due to what I call the 'constant revolution' within the health service.

Care Trust To Apologise Over Hospital Mismanagement That Saw 84-Year-Old Starve To Death

PA | Posted 23.12.2012 | UK

A hospital trust will apologise to the families of 38 people who suffered what human rights lawyers have called "appalling" failures of care, followin...

'Ageism Prevents Older Cancer Patients Getting Best Treatments'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Ageism in the NHS is stopping some older cancer patients getting the best treatments, a charity has warned. Nearly half of specialist cancer medics...

Are you Satisfied With The NHS? (POLL)

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Public satisfaction with the NHS has fallen dramatically, according to a report. Satisfaction with the way the NHS runs fell from 70% in 2010 to 58...

Better Resources for GPs Will Prevent Prescription Errors for Patients

Holly Alsop | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK
Holly Alsop

The General Medical Council has reported that one in six people on prescription medication are given incorrect doses during consultations with their GP. Common errors found include insufficient or incomplete information on the prescription along with dose and the timing of doses, calling for immediate review and monitoring of the current system.

80-Year-Old Alzheimer's Patient 'Beaten By Carer'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK

Footage of an Alzheimer's sufferer being repeatedly beaten by a member of staff at a care home will be screened on Monday night. The clips claim to...

Scandal Of NHS Patients Discharged Alone At Midnight

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A 94-year-old man discharged alone at 1am and an 80-year-old man sent home wearing just pyjamas, who died several hours later, are two examples of wor...