In December 2016 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its report ‘Learning, candour and accountability’ which examined the way NHS Trusts review and investigate deaths of patients in England. It concluded that learning after deaths is not given sufficient priority by the NHS
As a result the ‘Learning after Deaths’ programme was established to ensure that the recommendations contained in the report can be implemented in a clear and structured way. Part of this work is focused on developing guidance for Trusts to ensure timely, transparent and compassionate contact with families and carers who’ve lost loved ones in NHS care; and raising the status of families/carers in investigations.
I am part of a small working group that has been put together to ensure that the NHS truly does co-produce this guidance with families and providers.
We want as many families as possible to register their interest in attending the following event, so that we can ensure there is a broad spectrum of families with lived experience input into the production of this important guidance.
‘Learning after Deaths’ – the ‘next steps’ day
1 November 2017
"NHS England would like to hear from families and carers who have lived experience of the death of a loved one in NHS Commissioned Care that has resulted in a review or investigation, who want to be involved in the development of this guidance."
Full details of the event can be found here
Please, if you are able to attend, complete and return the expression of interest form no later than 29th September 2017.
I hope to meet as many of you as possible in person at the event on 1st November.