As of 1 April 2016, Patient Safety is now part of NHS Improvement.
You can contact Patient Safety, make a general enquiry, raise a concern or raise an FOI on the NHS Improvement website.
We have a leadership role for patient safety in the NHS and provide support to identify, understand and manage risks to the safety of patients, not least via routine review of patient safety incident reports sent to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS).
A major part of our work is alerting the NHS to emerging patient safety risks through timely sharing of relevant safety information to providers, including information on how to reduce and avoid risk.
Setting the agenda for patient safety
Following the tragic events at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, the Patient Safety Domain has played a key role in taking forward the recommendations of theFrancis Report, Berwick Report and Hard Truths, which set out the Government’s official response to the Francis Report.
A range of initiatives are underway to change the safety culture in the NHS to being one that is more open and honest, so we can learn from when things go wrong and take steps to prevent them from being repeated. These initiatives will ensure continual learning around safety improvement sits at the heart of the NHS, that the spread of successful safety improvement best practice can be accelerated across the country, and that we are open and transparent through the publishing of patient safety data.
These initiatives include:
- Launching a new National Patient Safety Alerting System (NaPSAS)
- The monthly publishing of data on never events
- Publishing of key patient safety indicators by hospital on My NHS (NHS Choices)
- Launching the Patient Safety Collaboratives
- Developing an initiative with the Health Foundation to recruit a network of‘5,000 Patient Safety Fellows’
Clinical issues and risk mitigation
As part of its day-to-day role, the Patient Safety Domain works towards mitigating the most common clinical risks and patient safety incident types identified in the NHS. These ongoing planned work programmes look to address a number of issues, including:
- Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
- Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) strategy
- Caring for the acutely ill elderly safely
- Preventing avoidable deterioration (including sepsis)
- Improving the safety of discharge
- Falls prevention
- Improving the safety of handover
- Preventing healthcare associated infections
- Preventing medication errors
- Preventing medical device errors
- Mental health care safety
- Preventing pressure ulcers
- Improving the safety of transition – children & young people to adult care
- Preventing avoidable venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Patient safety in general practice
You can find more information about some of our key areas of work using the links on the right. Other resources include: