Australian Post Doctoral Research Fellowships in ‘Building Quality, Governance, Performance and Sustainability in Primary Health Care’

April 9, 2011

Two post-doctoral research fellowships are available in the new Centre of Research Excellence: Building Quality, Governance, Performance and Sustainability in Primary Health Care based at Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.

The Centre of Excellence in Primary Health Care Research: Quality, Governance, Performance and Sustainability is funded by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) for four years. The purpose is to build capacity in primary health care research. The Centre will work closely with the Australian Commission for Safety, Quality and Health Care, Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited and the Improvement Foundation of Australia in developing and implementing our research. The Research Fellows will undertake research into how the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives work to improve quality and safety in general practice. The research will generate new knowledge on improving quality and safety in Australian General Practice.

Healthcare Governance Review previously reported on the award of a 2.5 million Australian dollar (£1.6 million) grant to help improve governance in primary care in Australia – click here.

The research fellowships are available based on fixed term full-time appointments until 30 June 2014. The closing date for applications is Friday 31 May 2011. For further information, download the position description 11110_PD_Res_Fellow_Centre_ResExcellence_Primary_Health_Care_GGT_03-11[1].

Loughborough University postgraduate programme in healthcare governance – next intake November 2012

February 7, 2011

This well established and popular part-time postgraduate programme in healthcare governance, run by Loughborough University School of Business and economics, will take its next intake in November 2012.

The programme accepts anyone interested in healthcare governance and with suitable qualifications and/or experience to undertake postgraduate level study. It is not always a necessity to have a first degree.

Students can study for a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Master of Science (MSc) degree in healthcare governance. The full MSc degree takes a minimum of 2 years by part-time study and includes modules on corporate governance in healthcare, clinical governance (including patient safety) and managing healthcare risk, together with a dissertation on any healthcare governance related topic.

For further information, click here.

HGR editor involved in A$2.5m grant to help improve governance in Australian primary health care

January 30, 2011

Healthcare Governance Review editor, Professor Stuart Emslie, is part of team that has been awarded a $2.5 million dollar Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) grant for establishing a Centre of Excellence for research in building quality, governance, performance and sustainability in primary health care.

The team, led by Professor Clair Jackson, Head, Discipline of General Practice, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, and President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and Professor James Dunbar, Professor and Director, Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health, Flinders University and Deakin University, includes a number of prominent international research investigators, including Professor Emslie of Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics.

Improving safety and quality within a new governance framework has been identified as a high reform priority in Australia, UK, the US and many other countries. 

This Centre of Excellence will address primary health care quality, governance, performance and sustainability issues by investigating improved models in regional governance, e-health, effective multidisciplinary teamwork, performance and accountability.

The research team will address these issues within a program of research based on clinical microsystems, three core research streams and capacity building in multidisciplinary settings nationally. The research aims to support Australian primary care as it moves from a series of disparate sectors to an integrated system, able to reliably engage in the reform challenges ahead.

For further information, click here.

Clinical negligence review 2009

October 17, 2010

Penningtons Solicitors LLP have release their first annual review of the clinical negligence ‘marketplace’, providing an analysis of the key trends, some guidance on landmark legal developments and expert insight into some of the topical clinical negligence issues such as legal costs, the growth of periodical payments, and the ability to claim in full for private care.

Of particular note from the review are:

– over the last 4 years clinical negligence claims has risen 8.7% from 5,602 in 2005 to 6,088 in 2009. However, claims rose by 12.2% between 2007 and 2009.

– Payments made by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) in 2009 for damages to clinical negligence claimant and legal costs rose to £762.9 million, a 21% increase on the 2008 amount of £633.3 million.

– The number of periodical payments increased from 548 cases at 31 March 2008 to 659 cases at 31 March 2009, representing a provision of more than £1.37 billion.

– As at 31 March 2009, the NHSLA estimates that it has further potential liabilities of £13.37 billion relating to clinical negligence claims.

Download Pennington’s Clinical Negligence Annual Review 2009 here.

NPSA publishes data on ‘Never Events’

October 17, 2010

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has published its first ever national report on Never Events.

Never Events are patient safety incidents that are preventable because: there is guidance that explains what the care or treatment should be; there is guidance to explain how risks and harm can be prevented; there has been adequate notice and support to put systems in place to prevent them from happening.

The NPSA definition of a Never Event is: A serious, largely preventable patient safety incident that should not occur if the available preventative measures have been implemented by healthcare providers.

Never Events are one of the indicators that can be used to demonstrate how safe an organisation is and its patient safety culture. Continued occurrence of Never Events can be considered an indicator of an organisation that has not put the right systems and processes in place to prevent them from happening.

A total of 111 Never Events were reported to the NRLS at the NPSA. In summary:

– The Never Events were spread throughout England, occurred throughout the year and across different trusts.

– Just over half were related to wrong site surgery (57).

– The second highest reported Never Event was related to misplaced naso or orogastric tubes (41).

– There were no reports of Never Events related to wrong route administration of chemotherapy, in-hospital maternal death from post-partum haemorrhage after elective caesarean section and inpatient suicide using non-collapsible rails.

– The remaining three Never Events had fewer than 10 events reported over the year.

Download the NPSA’s Never Events Annual report 2009/10 here.

Free conferences for NHS complaint handlers

September 24, 2010

According to the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) the Office of the Health Service Ombudsman is inviting NHS staff who have a role in complaint handling to attend one of six free events being held around the country.
The conferences will follow the launch of the Ombudsman’s first annual report on NHS complaint handling performance and will give delegates the chance to hear more about the types of complaints that come to the Ombudsman from their own region. Delegates will also work through real case examples in breakout sessions to help embed the Ombudsman’s processes and expectations.
Full information can be found on the IHM website at:

Guidelines for informing the media after an adverse event

August 31, 2010

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute has published guidelines for informing the media after an adverse event. Cursory inspection of the guidelines by Healthcare Governance Review suggests that the guidelines are good and entirely applicable to the UK.

Download the Guidelines for informing the media after an adverse event here.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT – Thanks to Datix Ltd. for bringing this to our attention through their Twitter site