Berwick Review published

SAVE ITEM

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.

Your views

Your views and feedback is important to us. If you have any thoughts or comments on the review please drop adele.scott@nhsemployers.org a line. 

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