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Hospital at Night Practitioners

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what risk assessment has been made in respect of replacing doctors with Hospital at Night practitioners in NHS hospitals. (102624)

[holding answer 23 November 206]: ‘The implementation and impact of hospital at night pilot projects: An evaluation report’ found that making use of the combined elements of the Hospital at Night model—multi-disciplinary handovers, bleep filtering and extended roles, and working as a multi-professional team—improved patient safety and led to better continuity of care.

While risk assessment is the responsibility of local national health service trusts, the Department commissioned the National Patient Safety Agency to develop a ‘Hospital at Night—Patient Safety Risk Assessment Guide’. This document provides an approach to risk assessment for hospital at night solutions to ensure that their design and implementation leads to safer patient care.

Copies of both documents have been placed in the Library.