Patient safety

Patient safety is the avoidance of unintended or unexpected harm to people during the provision of health care. We support providers to minimise patient safety incidents and drive improvements in safety and quality. Patients should be treated in a safe environment and protected from avoidable harm.

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The NHS Patient Safety Strategy

The NHS Patient Safety Strategy describes how the NHS will continuously improve patient safety, building on the foundations of a safer culture and safer systems.

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Patient safety improvement programmes

Patient safety improvement programmes (SIPs) prioritise some of the most important safety issues across the NHS in England. They use quality improvement methodology to reduce unnecessary patient harm or death and to improve care.

Patient safety news and alerts

Docs and cops warn on COVID-19 cons

The NHS has teamed up with law enforcement and security agencies to warn the public not to fall victim to con men trying to exploit the coronavirus vaccine campaign. England’s top GP has joined the head of Action Fraud, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in issuing joint advice […]