Organisation patient safety incident reports

Data workbooks and explorer tool based on incidents reported by NHS providers in England to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS).


Due to current operational pressures we are temporarily unlikely to process new or outstanding data requests for NRLS or Never Events data. Please check back here for further updates.

Every six months we publish official statistics as a breakdown by NHS trust of the incidents reported to the NRLS.

The Organisation patient safety incident reports (OPSIR) provide data by NHS trust and gives NHS providers an easy-to-use summary of their current position on patient safety incidents reported to the NRLS. This includes information on patient safety incident reporting and the characteristics of their incidents.

The information in these reports should be used alongside other local patient safety intelligence and expertise, and supports the NHS to deliver improvements in patient safety.

As well as the OPSIR we also publish the National patient safety incident reports which set out the number of patient safety incidents reported to the NRLS from a national perspective and describe their patterns and trends.

Data workbooks and commentary (official statistics)

Create a summary based on an individual organisation using the NRLS explorer tool.

From the afternoon of 23 September 2020 the explorer tool will be updated to include data to March 2020.

Data published before September 2016

Reports published prior to September 2016 are available on the archived NRLS website.

Upcoming publication dates

  • 23 September 2020

Our patient safety incident reporting data publications will be changing with the adoption of PSIMS, from mid-2019 onward

Due to the development of a new patient safety information management system (the DPSIMS project) the type of data we routinely publish on patient safety incident reports will be changing. This will affect the ability to compare data over time. None of the changes alter the responsibility and accountability of healthcare providers to report and learn from patient safety incidents. For further information see our information sheet below.

Information on changes to patient safety incident reporting data publications – March 2019 – Information on changes to patient safety incident reporting data publications in line with the adoption of PSIMS

How we use incident reports submitted to the NRLS to improve patient safety

You can find details of  how we identify issues and risks by reviewing patient safety incident reports, and the action we take as a direct result to protect patients from harm in our Patient safety review and response reports. These reports include information and case studies on what we did to address ‘rare and under-recognised’ safety issues identified through the NRLS and other sources.

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