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European responses to Mid Staffs-like crises valuable learning for NHS 

Healthcare leaders, policymakers and researchers from across the NHS will hear how the quality of healthcare is regulated in the German and Dutch healthcare systems, to discuss learning for the NHS post-Francis, at a seminar this evening.

Chaired by Peter Homa, adviser to Robert Francis QC and chief executive of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, a panel of European experts will discuss how their own healthcare systems have responded to historical healthcare shocks, similar to those detailed in the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry and what lessons we can learn in the NHS.

Francis report

The seminar comes a week after publication of the landmark report into failings in care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. The report identified how the extensive regulatory and oversight infrastructure failed to detect and act effectively to address a catalogue of problems, even when the extent of the issues were known.

It proposes far-reaching changes to how quality in the NHS in England is assured and regulated.

Assuring high-quality care

The NHS Confederation is currently consulting members on how the NHS can best respond to the challenge of restoring public confidence in management following the Francis report. Making it better? Assuring high-quality care in the NHS, published this week, explores a range of options to create greater public assurance of management competence and accountability.

Lessons from Europe

Tonight's seminar is the last in the Lessons from Europe series, which looks at how lessons from Europe can be applied in the UK health sector. The series was delivered by the NHS Confederation's European Office and Health Services Research Network, and LSE Health. Past seminars have focused on tariff redesign and provider governance.

Follow the conversation

Follow the conversation on Twitter to keep up to date with key points from the seminar and the latest news.

Find out more

Find out more about the Confederation's member consultation on assuring high-quality care in the NHS and download the discussion paper.

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Michael Wood

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