Legal Issues in Nursing

Venue: Ibis Hotel, Earls Court

Location: London, SW6, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Oct 19, 2005 End Date/Time: Oct 19, 2005
Registration Date: Oct 19, 2005
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Practical strategies to avoid risk and increase awareness
Spend time with health professionals and they will tell you of the serious and growing concerns they have about the culture of litigation developing in the UK. There is a widely held belief that this trend is now spreading to the NHS. However, if you talk to the NHS Litigation Authority you will find that litigation against the NHS is actually decreasing.

Why are NHS staff so worried about legal action?
Despite obvious worries, it remains highly unlikely that nurses will end up in the dock as a result of their work. However, many continue to put themselves at risk in a number of important ways, through such processes as poor quality record keeping and their sometimes sketchy understanding of key issues such as accountability and consent. The NPSA also estimates that there are 500,000 avoidable errors in hospital each year.

The Journal of Wound Care and Nursing Times have developed this important conference to help manage the risk of legal action against nurses, tissue viability specialists and the NHS.