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Patient safety resources

These resources range from alerts and guidance to toolkits and data reports and can help healthcare professionals improve patient safety in their organisation.



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Subscribe to email alerts from the Central Alerting System (CAS) here. This system includes Safety alerts, emergency alerts, drug alerts, Dear Doctor letters and Medical Device Alerts.


Following the transfer of the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) to NHS Improvement on 1 April 2016, from 28 September 2016 the Organisational Patient Safety Incident Reports (OPSIR) and NRLS Quarterly Data Summaries (QDS) are now published on the NHS Improvement website. This begins with the publishing of the OPSIR October 2015 to March 2016 and the QDS reports for January to March 2016 and April to June 2016


Previous OPSIR and QDS data reports can still be found below.

TitleIssue dateType
Safer patient identification22 November 2005Alert
Manchester Patient Safety Framework (MaPSaF)01 January 2006Guidance
High dose morphine and diamorphine injections25 May 2006Alert
Learning through action to reduce infection01 June 2006Toolkit
Improving compliance with oral methotrexate guidelines01 June 2006Alert
With safety in mind01 July 2006Data report
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 101 July 2006Data report
Safe Foundations21 August 2006Toolkit
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 201 September 2006Data report
Team Climate Assessment Measure (TCAM) programme31 October 2006Toolkit
Risk assessment programme01 November 2006Guidance
Right patient, right blood: advice for safer blood transfusions09 November 2006Alert
Right patient, right blood: core competencies09 November 2006Alert
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 401 December 2006Data report
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 301 December 2006Data report
Patient Safety Observatory Report 4: Safety in doses01 January 2007Data report
Protected Mealtimes01 January 2007Toolkit
Design for patient safety: a guide to the design of dispensed medicines01 January 2007Guidance
Safer care for the acutely ill patient: learning from serious incident01 January 2007Data report
Future ambulances01 January 2007Guidance