Chris Brougham

Chris Brougham is committed to delivering a safe and high-quality service for each of our clients at Verita Consultancy Limited.

How to commission an independent review

This year, independent reviews have featured regularly in the headlines. For example, the growing number of allegations about sexual abuse in schools and colleges recorded on the website ‘Everyone’s Invited’ has prompted a number of institutions to take action. A thoughtfully commissioned independent review can be effective way of dealing with all manner of concerns …

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The importance of quality measures in healthcare

Quality measures allow a provider to assess performance and quantify organisational processes and structure. I’ve worked in health and social care for 35 years and am one of the few people who has been both a provider and a commissioner. This has enabled me to see our sector from a range of perspectives and understand …

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Lightning will strike again- when to invest in healthcare

Ian Paterson was a consultant surgeon from the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust who carried out thousands of dangerous operations on women whilst working at two Spire Healthcare hospitals in the Midlands. Paterson is now serving 20 years and Spire Healthcare paid out £27.2 million in compensation to 750 of their private patients. Unfortunately, …

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The importance of good leadership

During a recent webinar, CQC talked about the characteristics they see in the organisations that are improving.  They are that the organisation is outward looking, it responds well to feedback and where the leaders have an ‘open door’ culture.  It is striking that these features of improving organisations are the same as those of good …

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Do we need a patient safety commissioner?

Baroness Cumberlege’s report ‘First Do No Harm’ gives everyone involved in healthcare a lot to think about.  The report examines the consequences of the use of Primodos, Sodium Valproate and pelvic mesh.  It highlights serious failings and describes the industry’s response as “disjointed, siloed, unresponsive and defensive”.  The reader is left with the dispiriting feeling …

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Courage in the workplace: leadership essential to prevent and tackle abuse

The importance of courageous leadership to prevent abuse in the workplace has come into focus with the emerging scandal at British Gymnastics, which experience suggests is still in its early stages. It is positive that, as more victims have come forward and external scrutiny increased, the organisation has now pledged to carry out an independent …

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Eva - the next step in digital healthcare and digitisation in 2019

Eva – the next step in digital healthcare

The digital healthcare market Over the past year, there has been a significant increase in interest, demand and uptake of digital healthcare. Tech companies, clinicians and patients are all noticing the road to digitisation. Unsurprisingly, all want to be on it. The growing support is welcomed by most. Technology is not new, but it will …

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Charity Governance

The role of trustees in a charity and the effective actions they can take

Trustees in a charity – Verita and Saxton Bampfylde executive summary The important role of trustees in a charity are explored. Being tenacious is key to successful governance. The issues of confidence, complacency, and challenge were common themes during a wide-ranging discussion with leading trustees and audit chairs on their role in a charity on …

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Put it right: serious incident investigations

Put it right: serious incident investigations

Serious incidents The current NHS England national serious incident framework outlines the need to make sure that investigations into serious incidents are carried out for the purposes of learning to prevent recurrence. Despite this guidance, there is evidence that the same type of incident happens again and again across the NHS. In our experience, there …

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Investigating serious incidents in the NHS: developing an open and fair approach

Investigating serious incidents in the NHS: developing an open and fair approach

Investigating serious incidents The draft Health Service Safety Investigations Bill aims to bring about a whole-system change to how the NHS investigates and learns from investigating serious incidents. A learning culture in the airline industry has led to dramatic improvements in safety and it is this philosophy that is driving the draft investigations bill. Building …

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Serious incident investigation – care homes in Devon

Serious incident investigation – care homes in Devon

Serious incident investigation In 2011, the Devon and Cornwall Police launched an investigation into alleged abuse at several care homes across Devon, which had been run by Atlas Projects Ltd for people with learning disabilities. Looking into serious incidents, this investigation in October 2013, the police commissioned Verita to review the care provided to residents at …

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