Confronting the risks of unintended consequences

There are moments when you sense that we might be on the edge of some genuine transformation. For me, last week’s Reform conference was one of them. The theme was the ‘new NHS’ and considered th...

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Jo Bibby

The Quality 2020 strategy: parallels with Francis

Last Friday I attended the steering committee meeting for the Northern Ireland Quality 2020 strategy. The strategy, developed in 2011 and approved following consultation, has many parallels with th...

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Jo Bibby

The Francis report - reflections from abroad

Patient safety is a global concern as healthcare organisations still struggle to deliver safe care. Similar to the UK, a significant number of patients in Norway, where I work, are harmed while rec...

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Healthcare, holidays and how we make choices

At last week’s National Voices conference, David Nicholson asked why it is that people will spend hours and weeks researching and planning a holiday, or purchasing a new car, but don't put the same...

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Jo Bibby

Reaction to the Francis Report - a summary

Any doubts we might have had about the scale and reach of the Francis Inquiry were put to rest at around 11.35am on Wednesday 6 February, when the final report was laid before Parliament and laid b...

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John Illingworth

System safety and the Francis Inquiry

A few weeks ago every Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ around the world was grounded on safety concerns. As the NHS gears up for the imminent release of the Francis Inquiry report, the Dreamliner holds impo...

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The abandoned illness?

For years the word ‘schizophrenia’ has been whispered, with people either ignorant or fearful of what it means. Many families have often kept it a secret due to the stigma that surrounds it. Yet th...

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