Reducing Mortality

What is Reducing Mortality 

Within BCUHB we are committed to reducing avoidable mortality and forms part of the priorities within the quality improvement strategy 2017-2020

Avoidable mortality is defined as a death for which the underlying cause is one which is considered potentially avoidable (subject to age limits)  through public health interventions or timely and effective healthcare.

Avoidable Mortality in the UK: 2016 

How are we doing?

For further information on how we are doing visit our mortality publication. 

What are we doing?: 

Reviewing and learning from deaths

Mortality Reviews

Within BCUHB have an active system of mortality reviews which helps us to identify the key opportunities for improvement.  For further information on mortality reviews BCUHB Mortality Reviews information . 

Medical Examiner

In England and Wales, further to the coroner and justices act 2009, processes for the introduction of Medical Examiners are progressing. Upto date information is available via Medical Examiner role. 




Applying our learning in current workstreams which include:


1. Stroke

2. Heart attack

3. Fractured neck of femur

4. Sepsis

5. Unscheduled care 

6. Laparotomy 

7. Medicines Management

8. Reducing Infections

These are supported by usage of care bundles in stroke care, early interventional treatment for heart attacks and care pathways/timely surgery for fractured neck of femur patients.


Useful Contacts for Reducing Avoidable Mortality 

Dr Brian Tehan 

Mel Baker 

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