Albutt A, Berzins K, Louch G, Baker J. Health professionals’ perspectives of safety issues in mental health services: A qualitative study. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 2021: 30(3): 798-810
Health inequalities are increasing in the UK and the COVID-19 pandemic has provided renewed impetus to find solutions to these unfair and avoidable differences in our population’s health. In addition to addressing the social determinants of health, we must also consider whether elements of healthcare itself systematically disadvantage vulnerable groups of patients. The National Patient Safety Team has set out its strategic objectives to understand whether differences in risk of harm from healthcare are a contributing factor to health inequalities.
Here we presented the findings of a mixed-methods review exploring whether risk of harm from healthcare varies between different groups of patients, what the mechanisms driving these differences are, and what possible solutions may be able to reduce these inequalities. This presents an integration of the patient safety and health inequalities agendas, which offers a novel perspective on the possible role healthcare professionals, organisations and systems could play in both improving patient safety and reducing health inequalities.
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Abstract: The pandemic has triggered global tragedy, pain, fear, anxiety and darkness. Yet, at the darkest times there is an opportunity for the light of learning to stream in. In this presentation I will suggest that the three key areas of learning from this crisis for our health and care systems are compassionate leadership, team-working, and reflection. The seminar will address the question of how we can develop cultures of high quality, continually improving and compassionate care in the challenging circumstances we face in our health services and, at the same time, ensure the well-being and growth of those who provide that care?
Drawing on the evidence from our two reviews into doctors’ and nurses’ mental health and wellbeing across the UK, the seminar will provide practical guidance necessary to help us ensure that compassion, high quality and innovation are at the heart of health and care cultures.
The seminar will provide information not only the ‘what’ of the key elements of team and organisational elements for a positive culture but also the ‘how’. It will describe how we can help to create the conditions that ensure high-quality care cultures at national and local level. It will draw on the strategies being implemented across the four UK health and care systems to illustrate the key themes. Participants will have links to a wealth of open-access, evidence-based resources to enable them to support the transformation of health care teams and organisations.
Abstract: Patient and service user involvement in developing and delivering care has become part of every day practice. Over the last six years the NHS Leadership Academy has built an evidence base for how involving patients in leadership development positively influences the perception of healthcare leaders and in turn delivery of services. Through initiatives such as reciprocal mentoring, recruitment and selection training and storytelling, it has been possible to show that leaders think and behave differently as a direct result of their experiences. Initially evidence centred on the perspective of leaders but has now encompassed the extent to which patients, carers and service users themselves gain skills from the very act of involvement which has then been shown to support and enhance other areas of their life including a route back into employment. This seminar focused on understanding the nature of developing transferable skills through co-production and what is required in order to facilitate this successfully for mutual benefit.