News – 21 November 2013

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Along with a couple of hundred NHS delegates from across the patch, I went to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Leadership Collaborative conference and leadership awards last Friday.

It was an impressive occasion that highlighted many areas of excellence in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. A full list of finalists and their fields of excellence can be found here.


Kay Mackay, Service Improvement Director at KSS AHSN, won the 2013 Kent, Surrey and Sussex Leadership Recognition Inspirational Leader Award. Kay’s award reflects her successful leadership of the Enhancing Quality and Recovery (EQR) programme, shows the high regard that those involved in the programme hold for her and is a tribute to their work. Along with the other award winners, Kay will now be put forward to the National NHS Leadership Awards in February 2014.

Of course leadership is not the sole preserve of directors and executives and the award is also a tribute to the Enhancing Quality and Recovery (EQR) programme. It is a clinician-led service improvement programme and has achieved a national integration award for its work on Heart Failure and continues to ensure more patients in Kent, Surrey and Sussex receive the very highest quality care across all its pathways.

Clinical update

So it’s timely that the latest Enhancing Quality Clinical update is now available. Produced for the Enhancing Quality and Recovery (EQR) team by Clarity Informatics, it includes some useful insight into reviews of evidence and research across the EQR pathways.

The update highlights specific findings relating to the care of patients with multiple morbidities; MI and stroke re-admission avoidance; shared decision making and cognitive decline prevention. It contains links to the most useful papers on each topic, making the update am extremely helpful starting point for more detailed research and review.


Francis report on Mid Staffs: government accepts recommendations

The government has published a full response to the 290 recommendations made by Robert Francis, following the public inquiry in to the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

This follows the government’s initial response in February 2013, which included the introduction of a new hospital inspection regime and legislation for a duty of candour on NHS organisations so they have to be open with families and patients when things go wrong.

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