NHS Employers responds to the Keogh Mortality Review

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16 / 7 / 2013 Midnight

Dean Royles says that safe staffing levels are an essential element of care and NHS Employers will work closely with the Government as they work through and respond to the recommendations of this report.

Responding to Prof Sir Bruce Keogh’s Mortality Review, Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:

 “This has been a much anticipated report and many in the NHS will want to learn from it to help provide the high quality care to which we all aspire. Staff and their managers will be particularly mindful of patients’ anxiety at this time and doing all they can to reassure them about their care plans.

“We know that safe staffing levels are an essential element of care and we will work closely with the Government as they work through and respond to the recommendations of this report.

“The report clearly highlights the importance of mortality indicators and how we can use them as a catalyst for change. Mortality indicators are expressed in statistical language and we need to remember that, beyond these numbers, there are tragic personal stories but also many successes.

“In addition to exploring those trusts that have fallen below expected mortality levels, it is vital to look at those organisations whose outcomes were better than forecast. We can also learn from their culture, leadership, staffing and how they engage employees as a further opportunity to share and spread what works best for patient care.”

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