06 / 8 / 2013 2.20pm
On the publication of the Francis Inquiry Report in February 2013, the Prime Minister David Cameron asked Professor Don Berwick, a leading expert in patient safety to identify what needs to be done "to make zero harm a reality in our NHS".
A promise to learn - a commitment to act, which is the result of the work carried out by a National Patient Safety Advisory Group led by Professor Berwick, identifies a number of problems, actions and recommendations for all stakeholders in the NHS to spread and adopt.
Visit our dedicated Berwick Review section for more information including a breakdown of the ten recommendations.
What this means for employers
The report contains a very specific, guiding principle 'The most important single change in the NHS in response to this report would be for it to become, more than ever before, a system devoted to continual learning and improvement of patient care, top to bottom and end to end'.
With this in mind, employers, clinicians, managers and all NHS staff now have a small yet powerful set of principles and actions that can help the NHS move towards better, safer quality care:
- Place the quality and safety of patient care above all other aims for the NHS
- Engage, empower, and hear patients and carers throughout the entire system, and at all times
- Foster wholeheartedly the growth and development of all staff, especially with regards to their ability and opportunity to improve the processes within which they work
- Insist upon and model in your own work, thorough and unequivocal transparency, in the service of accountability, trust, and the growth of knowledge.
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