Are you inspired by Florence Nightingale this Nurses Day?

Every year we celebrate International Nurses Day on Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  In our hospital it’s a time when nurses dress up in their best, renew their pledge to serve, collect awards, and put on a cultural program.  For the third year in a row I was asked to say a few words.  Last year I had discussed how our newly introduced Training Within Industry (TWI) program had helped reduce nursing complaints,

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Driving System-Wide Healthcare Quality Improvement at East London NHS Foundation Trust

Sixty-four different sites – many with high rates of child poverty and complex long-term conditions; high proportion of ethnic minorities; 14 care-commissioning groups who demand different quality metrics; and a focus on mental health and community care – not the most remunerative areas in healthcare.

All this complexity hasn’t prevented East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) to set itself the audacious goal of becoming the highest quality provider by 2020!

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Should doctors embrace social media?

Yes, according to Dr. Farris Timimi , a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic who is medical director of Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media . In fact he goes as far as to say that physicians’ participation in social media is a moral imperative and part of being professional. He says that patients are spending time online seeking health information and support and that represents both an opportunity and a moral obligation for providers.

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Learning about Patient and Family Engagement at WHO Geneva

I skipped breakfast and arrived a good half-hour earlier than the scheduled start time, not wanting to risk being late for my first WHO Expert Consultation.  When I had received the invitation to participate in developing a framework for Patient and Family engagement several weeks ago, I remember feeling honored.  I was excited by the prospect of making a contribution at a global level and developing new relationships that could help our hospital continue along our journey of improving safety and transparency  (see my earlier blog posts on the start of our safety journey and on disclosing our caesarean section rate).  

What you should know about safety in private Indian hospitals

“I have greater assurance about product quality and service quality when I walk into a Sagar for a snack than when I go into a hospital!” (Sagar is a chain of restaurants in Delhi best known for serving South Indian food.) I have often said this to our consultants and managers to illustrate the unacceptably low levels of reliability in most healthcare delivery encounters – including at our hospital.

Why you should ask about the caesarean rate before selecting your maternity care provider

Many of us do extensive research before buying a mobile phone or a car, booking a hotel for a holiday or even selecting a new restaurant.  But when it comes to choosing a doctor, many of us do little more than get a word-of-mouth reference.  Unfortunately, what often drives patient satisfaction and thus recommendation of a practitioner to others is “bedside manners” and may not always reflect evidence-based medical practice.

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