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 Learning from the deaths of patients in our care

Learning from deaths of people in our care can help us improve the quality of the care we provide to both patients and their families, and identify where we can do more.

In December 2016, the Care Quality Commission published its report Learning, candour and accountability:  A review of the way NHS trusts review and investigate the deaths of patients in England.  The report identified that there were inconsistencies in the way Acute Trusts carried out mortality reviews and there was a need to improve learning from deaths reviewed.

The National Guidance on Learning from Deaths (March 17) subsequently provided a framework for NHS Trusts on Identifying, Reporting, Investigating and Learning from Deaths in Care.

We have had a standardised Mortality and Morbidity process since 2011 which has been reviewed and revised several times in response both national and local requirements.

Our “Learning from the deaths of patients in our care" policy sets out how University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust will implement the requirements outlined in the Learning from Deaths framework as part of the organisation’s existing procedures to learn and continually improve the quality of care provided to all patients

> Click here to access the 'Learning from the deaths of patients in our care' policy