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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
Resuscitation in mental health and learning disability settings26 November 2008Alert
Team Self Review08 December 2008Guidance
Reducing risk of overdose with midazolam injection in adults09 December 2008Alert
Avoiding wrong side burr holes-craniotomy11 December 2008Alert
Nutrition factsheets01 January 2009Guidance
WHO Surgical Safety Checklist26 January 2009Alert
Never Events Framework 2009-1001 February 2009Guidance
Acting on serious risks to patients01 February 2009Guidance
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 1101 February 2009Data report
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 11: Learning from reporting - medication incidents...01 February 2009Data report
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 11: Learning from reporting - pressure ulcers01 February 2009Data report
National specifications for cleanliness in the NHS: ambulance trusts11 February 2009Guidance
Seven steps to patient safety for primary care13 February 2009Guidance
Reducing risk of harm from oral bowel cleansing solutions19 February 2009Alert
Mitigating surgical risk in patients undergoing hip arthroplasty for fractures...11 March 2009Alert
Radiotherapy self-assessment tool01 April 2009Toolkit
Throat Packs28 April 2009Alert
Female urinary catheters causing trauma to adult males30 April 2009Alert
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 12: Learning from reporting - how has incident...01 May 2009Data report
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 12: Learning from reporting - is nutrition a...01 May 2009Data report