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FPH welcomes Berwick report

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) today welcomed the Berwick report’s recommendations and called for public health expertise to be used more effectively in hospitals to implement them.

The Berwick report was published yesterday by the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England. It studied the various accounts of Mid Staffordshire, as well as the recommendations of Robert Francis and others, to distil for Government and the NHS the lessons learned, and to specify the changes that are needed.

Commenting on the Berwick report, Professor John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health, said: “We welcome much of this report’s conclusions and recommendations. However, the million pound question it does not answer is how to make those recommendations happen, given how hard it is to change working cultures through goodwill alone.

“Public health experts who specialise in health care are part of the solution. They already have the ‘mastery of quality and patient safety sciences and practices’ that are called for in one of the report’s recommendations. That’s why we want to see more health care public health specialists working in hospitals to actively help in improving patient safety, healthcare quality and in making tough but evidenced-based decisions on hospital healthcare spending, service planning and service integration. That would be good news for patients, because it would help the NHS use its precious resources in the most effective way possible.”

Written: 07/08/2013 , last modified: 11/10/2013