Martha’s Rule working group holds first meeting
The first meeting of the new Martha’s Rule working took place earlier this month (January). The group is coordinating activity that is already taking place in the health system on the initiative as growing numbers of trusts look to introduce it. The PSC Henrietta Hughes is working in partnership with key organisations and will share the learning from those with expertise and experience of patient-activated reviews.
The work follows on from the series of policy sprints the PSC held on request of the former Secretary of State Steve Barclay on how to introduce the new plan. It resulted in a series of recommendations:
- a structured approach to obtain information relating to a patient’s condition directly from patients and their families at least on a daily basis – in the first instance this will cover all in-patients in acute and specialist Trusts
- all staff to have 24/7 access to a rapid review from a critical care outreach team who they can contact should they have concerns about a patient
- all patients, their families, carers, and advocates to have access to the same 24/7 rapid review from a critical care outreach team which they can contact via mechanisms advertised around the hospital and more widely if they are worried about the patient’s condition.
Click the button below to view the letter that has gone to the Secretary of State which sets out the recommendations.