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  • Call for urgent action on non-COVID treatment

    June 18, 2020

    A coalition of leading patient safety professionals, including AvMA, has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and First Ministers Nicola Sturgeon, Mark Drakeford and Arlene Foster, calling for urgent action to address the continuing unavailability of urgent diagnostics and treatment for thousands of non-COVID patients. Our amazing, dedicated NHS staff, together with government measures, have […]

  • We’re recruiting a Database & Digital Analyst

    June 18, 2020

    AvMA is embarking on the most exciting leg to date of our digital journey. We are implementing a new CRM to serve all our needs, and developing a digital strategy to support all of our stakeholders. You will be an integral part of this journey, working as part of the project team and as our […]

  • Urgent action required to prevent avoidable harm and deaths amongst non COVID-19 patients

    June 9, 2020

    AvMA today called for the Government to act urgently to open up NHS services for non-COVID patients or risk avoidable harm to thousands. In his latest blog, AvMA Chief Executive Peter Walsh warned that many NHS hospitals are running at 60% of capacity or less, with Nightingale hospitals standing empty and private sector capacity unused. […]

  • Important information about our response to COVID-19

    April 9, 2020

    Information last updated on 9 July 2020 On Government advice AvMA staff and volunteers are now working from home wherever possible. We are doing our best to operate all of our activities as normal wherever possible but please see below for further details. Calls to our helpline Our helpline remains open for its usual hours […]

  • Saving lives threatened by COVID19 is rightly a priority, but many more can be saved by improving patient safety

    April 8, 2020

    In his new blog, AvMA Chief Executive Peter Walsh shares some thoughts about what the COVID19 outbreak could mean for patient safety. He writes: “On behalf of all of us at AvMA, I would like to state our best wishes and solidarity with all those who have lost loved ones or been seriously affected by […]

  • Apply now for the PIC Magazine Awards, in association with AvMA

    April 8, 2020

    Now in their third year, the PIC Magazine Awards are an excellent opportunity for those working in the specialist fields of Clinical Negligence and Court of Protection to be recognised for their achievements during their career. The Awards are now open and looking for applications in three categories: The Clinical Negligence Rising Star Award The […]

  • AvMA Annual Clinical Negligence Conference 2020 postponed

    April 1, 2020

    It is with great regret that, in light of the seriousness of the spread of Coronavirus, the 2020 AvMA Annual Clinical Negligence Conference has had to be postponed. This is obviously a huge disappointment to us but the decision is necessary for reasons which are beyond our control and of which we are all very […]

  • Important information on the impact of COVID-19 on NHS complaints handling

    April 1, 2020

    The NHS in England and the Public Health Services Ombudsman have both announced changes to their complaints handling procedure in response to the COVID-19 situation. Please see our advice page for more information: Complaints about NHS or private healthcare

  • Paterson Inquiry report welcomed but does not go far enough

    February 4, 2020

    AvMA welcomes the report of the Independent Inquiry into the issues raised by Paterson, published today but warns it does not go far enough to protect patients in private healthcare. AvMA advised some of the patients and families affected by Paterson and gave evidence to the inquiry. AvMA called for major changes to the way […]

  • NHS is ‘losing its memory’ warns our new report on patient safety alerts

    January 28, 2020

    AvMA has published its report “An organisation losing its memory? Patient safety alerts implementation, monitoring and regulation in England”. The report has been authored by Dr David Cousins, former head of safe medication practice at the National Patient Safety Agency, NHS England and NHS Improvement, and reveals serious delays in NHS trusts implementing patient safety […]