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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 never events data summary for 1 April to 30 November 2014
This report provides a provisional summary of never events that have occurred between 1 April and 30 November 2014. 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 30 November 2014 and where on 8 December 2014 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.
NHS England today (Thursday) publishes more detailed data than ever before about “never events” – the serious errors in care that put patients at risk of harm and that should not happen if full preventative procedures are in place. For the first time, provisional quarterly data on the number of never events happening at each […]