Patient Safety

Welcome to our collection of resources to help you improve patient safety. Have a suggestion for a new resource or want to share some feedback? Let us know here.

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Investigation into electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems and safe discharge

HSIB has identified a significant safety risk posed by the communication and transfer of information between secondary care, primary care and community pharmacy relating to medicines at the time of hospital discharge.

Added 1 November 2019

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Primary Care patient safety resources

This page provides links to several QI resources especially relevant in primary care. These include educational information on a number of QI methods, safety checklists relevant to primary care and report forms to help you complete QI reports. The frameworks used in the peer review of QI projects are also included.

Added 1 November 2019

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Standing up for patient and public safety

This report describes the lack of clear roles, responsibilities and accountability for workforce planning and supply in England. The RCN is clear, it is no longer the time to be discussing whether legislation is needed, instead, we should also be focussed on how we go about securing these necessary changes in law.

Added 1 November 2019

Highlighted Patient Safety Videos

If patient safety experts find it difficult to speak up for themselves or family members when they see the potential for harm, what is it like for everyone else? The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Derek Feeley talks about one of the reasons why it’s hard for health care to truly listen to the patient voice.

The accreditation scheme in Gateshead provides wards with a set of quality and safety standards, which are assessed at annual assessment days. The assessment panel reviews the ward of department based on an assurance framework, which was developed through the Trust’s Nursing and Midwifery Strategy. 

Blog posts

We need to rethink our approach to patient safety

Dr Suzette Woodward describes in her latest book a more positive approach to patient safety that seeks to learn how things normally happen in order to understand why they failed in that instance.

1 November 2019

What Worries Safety Leaders Around the Globe

IHI’s Derek Feeley believes the biggest threat to patient safety posed by the current economic climate is the diversion of health care leaders’ attention. He shares the three things leaders across the globe find most challenging, asserting that they are the keys to staying focused on workforce and patient safety during turbulent times.

1 November 2019

Latest news and research

Upcoming Events

Patient Safety Conference

Birmingham, 25 November 2019

This is a great opportunity to learn and improve patient safety. Patient safety is about maximising the things that go right and minimising the things that go wrong. It is integral to the NHS’ definition of quality in healthcare, alongside effectiveness and patient experience. It is human to make mistakes so we – the NHS – need to continuously reduce the potential for error by learning and acting when things go wrong.

The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 

Copenhagen, 28-30 April 2020

The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is one of the world’s largest conferences for healthcare professionals committed to improving patient care and safety. In March 2019 we traveled to Glasgow, Scotland (SEC Centre) and welcomed our biggest audience to date – over 3,400 attendees from 70 countries. We provided an inspirational setting to meet, learn and share knowledge in our common mission to improve the quality and safety of care for patients and communities across the world.

The development and maintenance of this patient safety content is made possible by an award from The Health Foundation. BMJ retains full editorial control over content, peer review, editing, and publication. 

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