In this Shared Insights session we provided an overview of the implementation of the Ockenden Immediate and Essential actions.
Rachael Morris, Partner at Browne Jacobson spoke on how this session would mark World Patient Safety Day which this year has a theme of safe maternal and newborn care. She provided an overview of the implementation of the Ockenden Immediate and Essential actions.
Amelia Newbold, Risk Management Lead at Browne Jacobson provided an overview of how Heads of Legal can support clinical improvement work.
We were delighted to be joined by Dr Angie Doshani Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) and Elaine Broughton, Head of Midwifery at UHL, who spoke about the impact of Ockenden at their Trust, the practical steps they have taken to implement the actions required, and shared practical tips for disseminating learning.
The Shared Insights were:
Rachael Morris provided an overview of the four Ockenden Recommendations this session would focus on:
Communication is a thread running through all of those issues.
Amelia Newbold discussed how improving maternity safety cannot be achieved by clinical staff within maternity units acting alone – it is much wider in scope and we all have a part to play. She explained how Heads of Legal can support clinical improvement:
Dr Angie Doshani discussed the importance of reassuring the public that Trusts have learned from their past mistakes and ensuring learning is embedded and shared.
She spoke of the importance of culture within Trusts and how working as a team is key. Improving morale and having visible leadership on the shop floor is also important along with improving communication between team members.
We heard practical tips and ideas for sharing learning and experiences with staff including ‘tea-trolley’ and ‘sweet trolley’ learning, ‘good news papers’ and regular safety walks.
Amelia Newbold discussed the importance of ensuring consent discussions are tailored to individual circumstances and documented. It is important to remember that consent is an ongoing process– during the antenatal period there is a considerable amount of time to have those discussions. Documenting as much detail as possible of those discussions is key.
The BMA is advising all NHS / HSCNI consultants to ensure extra-contractual work is paid at the BMA minimum recommended rate and to decline offers of extra-contractual work that doesn't value them appropriately.
In ‘failure to remove’ claims, the claimant alleges abuse in the family home and asserts that the local authority should have known about the abuse and/or that they should have removed the claimant from the family home and into care earlier.
NHS England has published (October 2022) new guidance - Assuring and supporting complex change: Statutory transactions, including mergers and acquisitions.
NHS England has issued an updated (publication 11 October 2022) suite of Complex Change guidance about how it will assure and support proposals for complex change that are reportable to it. New and (where it is still in force) existing Complex Change guidance are as follows.
Created at the end of the Brexit transition period, Retained EU Law is a category of domestic law that consists of EU-derived legislation retained in our domestic legal framework by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. This was never intended to be a permanent arrangement as parliament promised to deal with retained EU law through the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (the “Bill”).
It is clear that the digital landscape, often termed cyberspace, is a man-made environment, in which human behaviour dominates and where technology both influences and aids our role in it — through the internet, telecoms and networked computer systems, which are often interdependent. The extent to which any organisation is potentially vulnerable to cyber-attack depends on how well these elements are aligned.
In Mogane v Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether it was fair to dismiss a nurse as redundant on the basis that that her fixed-term contract was due to expire before that of her colleague.
Three months on from the commencement of the new statutory Integrated Care Systems (ICS) Anja Beriro and Gerrard Hanratty reflect on the main themes and issues that have come from the new relationship between local government and health.
The majority of people do not feel the need to embellish their CV to get that coveted position and move on up the career ladder. Their worthiness and benefit to the hiring organisation are easily demonstrated through the recruitment process – application, psychometric testing, selection day or interview.
On Saturday 15 October a wave of light swept the internet when thousands of people flooded social media with pictures of candles to remember the babies that they have lost. This event signifies the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week which aims to break the silence that is associated with baby loss in pregnancy and infancy.
The Coronavirus Act 2020 allowed any registered medical practitioner to sign a medical certificate of cause of death (“MCCD”), even if the deceased was not attended to during his or her last illness and not seen after death, provided that the medical practitioner could state the cause of death to the best of their knowledge and belief.