The changing demographics of the maternity population have driven complexity and risk in maternity care. In this video, Dr Daghni Rajasingam, Head of Service and Consultant Obstetrician, and Geraldine Joyce, Safeguarding Lead and Midwife at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, discuss the challenges that supporting vulnerable patients can present to maternity services.
Produced by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, this report includes a literature review on effective teamwork and communication in healthcare, a needs assessment of Canadian healthcare organisations, a review of teamwork and communication training programmes, and a consultation with national and international experts in teamwork and communication.
Recurrent reports have called for improvement in the way in which obstetric teams work together. The cultural and organisational working practices that differ between these groups can make handover and teamworking a challenge. Dr Edward Prosser-Snelling's article examines the nature of teams and handover in obstetrics and provides some suggested areas for improvement.
This website provides a broad range of resources relating to the effective use of emergency manuals to enhance patient safety. Emergency manuals are increasingly being used in a wide range of clinical settings, along with other forms of ‘cognitive aid’ such as checklists.
This NPSA training resource pack provides detailed and practical training to support healthcare workers to identify circumstances and situations in which risks to patient safety are heightened and patient safety incidents are likely to occur.