Never events data

As part of our commitment to be open and transparent about patient safety incident reporting, we now publish data on never events in greater detail than ever before.

The NHS in England is one of the only healthcare systems in the world that is this open and transparent about patient safety incident reporting, particularly around never events. We are clear that we need to openly tackle these issues, not ignore them.

As of April 2014,  we now publish provisional never events data as monthly updates throughout each financial year. Each report updates the previous month’s data as information on never events is reported or amended.

The more detailed data on never events is published in the following formats:

  • a high level table of the overall number of never events reported per month
  • a high level table of the number of each type of never event reported
  • a more detailed breakdown of the types of incident that fall under each broad definition of never event category reported within the period covered by the report – so for example, detailing the type of object reported as retained under the ‘retained foreign object post-operation’ category
  • a breakdown of the number and types of never event incident reported by each organisation as occurring within the period covered by the report.

Provisional monthly never events data summaries for 2015/16

The provisional monthly never events data summaries below for 2015/16 have been drawn from the STEIS system. Each report includes all Serious Incidents reported as occurring within the indicated timeframe, where they are designated by their reporters as never events at the date the data was extracted. Please note these reports are provisional data and subject to change.

Note:  The data summaries covering incidents reported as occurring 1 April to 19 May 2015 and 20 May to 30 June 2015 cover longer periods than the usual monthly reports. This was because of technical changes that were being made to the STEIS database. We have now returned to reporting by calendar month as usual.

Provisional never events data summary for 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015

This report provides a provisional summary of never events that have occurred between 1 April 2014 and 29 March 2015. Please note, this is provisional data and subject to change.

This provisional report is drawn from the STEIS system, and includes all Serious Incidents where the date of the incident was between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 and where on 14 April 2015 they were designated by their reporters as never events.

Never events data summary for 2013/14

This report provides a summary of never events that have occurred between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014.

Never events data summary for 2012/13

This report provides a summary of never events that occurred between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013.

The never events list: 2013/14 update

You can find out more about never events and the 25 types of incidents that are considered to be never events in The never events list: 2013/14 update.