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Building a planning capability in the NHS

Blog post 18/09/2020Richard Darch | Nigel Edwards | Helen Buckingham

Long read: Planning, both as a function and a process, has been evident across the NHS since 1948, but has it somewhat lost its way over the last 20 years? Richard Darch, Nigel Edwards and Helen Buckingham look back at how things were once done in the health service, and argue the c...

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Safety in health and social care

Indicator update 17/09/2020Jenny Davies

In our latest update we look at trends in the safety of health and social care.

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Healthcare-associated infections

Indicator 17/09/2020

We analyse changes in annual counts of healthcare-associated infections, as well as weekly numbers of acute respiratory infection outbreaks in hospitals and care homes.

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Are patients told about medication side effects?

Indicator 17/09/2020

This indicator uses survey data to explore whether patients are told about medication side effects to watch for.

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Emergency readmissions

Indicator 17/09/2020

This indicator looks at patients who are readmitted to hospital in an emergency within 30 days of discharge.

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Injuries due to falls

Indicator 17/09/2020

This analysis explores the percentage of hip fractures that were the result of an inpatient fall, and how prompt hip fracture surgery is.

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Venous thromboembolism

Indicator 17/09/2020

We examine rates of venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment and deaths from VTE-related events after discharge from hospital.

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Hospital cleanliness

Indicator 17/09/2020

We examine results from the Adult Inpatient Survey, looking at hospital ward cleanliness.

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Safety culture

Indicator 17/09/2020

This indicator uses data from the NHS Staff Survey to look at safety culture in the NHS.

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Much more to do: Understanding the impact of technology in social care

Blog post 17/09/2020Lucina Rolewicz

The past few months have further exposed the differing fortunes of the NHS and social care, not least around technology and data. Drawing on our Test Bed project, Lucina Rolewicz describes the limitations of the social care data landscape, and how those receiving care could benefit if improvements w...

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