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Westminster Health Forum: next steps for reducing clinical negligence in the NHS

We are proud to announce that our Chair Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden will be giving an address to the Westminster Health Forum on behalf of DAUK at a session titled:

Next steps for reducing clinical negligence in the NHS: patient safety, legal reform and implementing the cross-government strategy

This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for reducing clinical negligence in the NHS - looking at key issues for patient safety, legal reform and next steps for policy.

The seminar follows the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan and the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of a new national patient safety strategy, which is expected to be released later this year and will look at fostering a culture of transparency and accountability.

The seminar will also be an opportunity to look ahead to the introduction of NHS Resolution’s Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice to cover indemnity costs, and follows the Department of Health and Social Care opening a consultation into indemnity cover for healthcare professionals not currently covered by a state-backed scheme.

Delegates will assess what more can be done to reduce patient harm, learn from harm when negligence occurs and improve patient safety in the NHS - including the role of programmes such as Getting It Right First Time in reducing unwarranted variation in care.

Attendees will also discuss the key issues for responding to incidents and the next steps for implementing recommendations from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch - as well as what an optimal response to an incident looks like.

Sessions will consider the next steps for policy and cross-government collaboration, following the Public Accounts Committee inquiry into Managing the costs of clinical negligence in hospital trusts, which called for a joint strategy to address the rising cost of clinical negligence in the NHS.

The progress of the delivery of NHS Resolution’s five year strategy Delivering fair resolution and learning from harm will also be assessed.

Further sessions will discuss the impact of the Civil Liability Act and Post-implementation review of Part 2 of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act: initial assessment on controlling the cost of litigation and reducing the pressures on the NHS - as well as what further measures might be taken to prevent claims going to court.