Patient Safety

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World Patient Safety Day


On the first-ever World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019, WHO will launch a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer.

Added September 5, 2019

Doctors pushing patient on trolley (blurred motion)

No-deal Brexit could cause significant harm to health and social care services

The following letter was sent to MPs on 3 September 2019 by the chief executives of the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust to outline four major areas where the impact of a no-deal Brexit could be felt most sharply in health and social care.

Added September 5, 2019

New Project

Monthly data on patient safety incident reports

Rolling data updated monthly, to show the number of patient safety incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) in the last 12 months.

Added September 5, 2019

Highlighted Patient Safety Videos

In this video, Aidan Fowler, National Director of Patient Safety at NHS Improvement, introduces the NHS Patient Safety Strategy. This strategy describes how the NHS will continuously improve patient safety, building on the foundations of a safer culture and safer systems.

Share your work in improving quality, value and safety of care at one of the largest conferences focused on healthcare quality improvement and patient safety in the world.

Deadline for submissions: 5 November 2019

Blog posts

Brexit: Doctors’ first duty in no-deal planning is to speak up about the risks to patients

Doctors have a duty to tell the public if a policy puts them at risk.

September 2, 2019

Improving patient safety: We need to reduce hierarchy and empower junior doctors to speak up

Empowering doctors and others to speak up when they have concerns is essential to making our NHS safer, say Peter Brennan and Mike Davidson.

May 3, 2019

Latest news and research

Upcoming Events

International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Taipei, 18-20 September 2019

Themed Transforming Quality for Tomorrow, the programme in Taipei 2019 will tackle the biggest issues of today and prepare you for those of tomorrow. It will challenge you to consider how through innovative projects, collaborative working and a passion for change we can transform outcomes for patients and their communities.

8th International Patient Safety Conference 2019

Hyderabad, 13-14 September 2019

Apollo Hospitals Hyderabad is delighted to invite you to attend the 8th International Patient Safety Conference highlighting the theme “Imagine, Innovate, Inspire” provides an excellent opportunity to share views, exchange knowledge and establish research collaborations & networking.

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