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.

Since December 2013 we have been publishing provisional never events data quarterly, but commencing now, for never events reported as occurring during 2014/15 we will publish the data as monthly updates. Each report will update 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 June 2014

This report provides a provisional summary of never events that have occurred between 1 April and 30 June 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 June 2014 and where on 7 July 2014 they were designated by their reporters as never events.

Provisional never events data summary for 2013/14

This report provides a provisional summary of never events that have occurred between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. Please note, this is provisional data and subject to change, and supersedes the previously published data for Q1–Q3 2013/14. A final annual report on Never Events in 2013/14 will be published in summer 2014.

This provisional report is drawn from the STEIS system, and includes all Serious Incidents where the date of the incident was between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014 and where on 8 April 2014 they were designated by their reporters as never events.

Never events data summary for 2012/2013

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.