May 2006 issue of Health Care Risk Report

This issue of Health Care Risk Report (HCRR) moves the journal on from being a professional journal, into the realm of incorporating peer reviewed articles. The single peer reviewed  in the current issue describes How NHS trusts could use patient safety indicators to help improve care and is written by Dr Alex Bottle and Dr Paul Aylin from the Dr Foster Unit at Imperial College Faculty of Medicine. Their research has found that US patient safety indicators, when applied to Hospital Episode Statistics data, will be of value in directing clinical audit towards important areas of potential harm, and helping trusts assess performance over time.

Other articles in the May issue of HCRR include:

– A review, by John Tingle, of the Healthcare Commission’s 2008 report Learning from investigations.

– An article titled Teams, staffing, training and governance: the recipe for safer births, by Sarah Davies and Dr Brenda Ashcroft of University of Salford, outlining the findings of Safe Births, Everybdy’s Business, the report of an independent inquiry into safety in maternity care

– Learning from homicides committed by mental health users. A review, by Pat Anderson, editor of HCRR, of NHS London work looking at 26 mental health homicides and also NPSA work relating to investigation of serious patient safety incidents in mental health services.

– An article, by Stuart Emslie, editor of Healthcare Governance Review, looking at extracting the learning from large patient safety databases.

– A review, also by Stuart Emslie, of the latest version of the Department of Health’s Integrated Governance Handbook, published by the Healthcare Financial Management Association; and

– A look at abortion law developments and professional bodies’ advice by Claire Bentley, solicitor and professional support lawyer.

If your organisation does not currently subscribe to HCRR then please consider doing so. A subscription form can be downloaded here.

Declaration of interest: Stuart Emslie, editor of Healthcare Governance Review, is on the editorial advisory board of, and is a regular contributor to, Health Care Risk Report.

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