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NPSA pilots toolkit for nurses to improve patient safety

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NHS nurses in England are to receive a toolkit to help them implement safer working practices in hospital wards, says the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA).

Too often research and recommendations for change do not get translated into practice on wards, according to Suzette Woodward, the NPSA’s director of patient safety strategy and nursing lead for patient safety.

Ms Woodward cited factors that hindered implementation such as poor communication, lack of leadership and management support, lack of time and resources, and absence of clear expectations.

‘There is a well recognised gap between what we know should be done based on evidence and what we actually do in practice,’ she said in the latest briefing from the chief nursing officer for England. ‘Closing the gap in a way that successfully achieves a greater priority for patient safety is an imperative and forms the subject of the toolkit.’

A prototype of the ‘Closing the Gap’ toolkit is currently being tested and will be available on the NPSA website next year.

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