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Patient Safety


Practical information, tools and support to improve patient safety in the NHS

We receive confidential reports of patient safety incidents from healthcare staff across England and Wales. Clinicians and safety experts analyse these reports to identify common risks to patients and opportunities to improve patient safety.


We work with organisations providing NHS care, colleges and professional groups to set priorities and develop and disseminate actionable learning. Resources include:


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Transfer of Patient Safety function to the NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority

On 1 June 2012 the key functions and expertise for patient safety developed by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) transferred to the NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority.


The NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority will harness the power of the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS), the world’s most comprehensive database of patient safety information, to identify and tackle important patient safety issues at their root cause.


Further information


A range of patient safety resources are available. From alerts and guidance to toolkits and data reports.



Targeted resources:


Reporting patient safety incidents

A key factor in providing high-quality care is providing systems for reporting when patients have, or could have been harmed.


This information is fed via local risk management systems to a national database. This data is used to identify trends and to inform the development of interventions to prevent future incidents.




Patient Safety Incident Data

The thirteenth release of the Organisation Patient Safety Incident Reports data will take place at the end of March 2015. 


More on patient safety incident data

Patient safety alerts

View all patient safety alerts issued by the National Patient Safety Agency. 




More on patient safety alerts

Safer Surgery Week 2012

Running from 24 to 30 September 2012, a week focussed on improving implementation of the Five Steps to Safer Surgery.


More on Safer Surgery Week