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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.

On 1 June 2012 the key functions and expertise for patient safety developed by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) transferred to NHS England. If you have an enquiry about resources please email patientsafety.enquiries@nhs.net.

TitleIssue dateType
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 13: Learning from reporting - staffing31 August 2009Data report
Hospital hydration best practice toolkit25 August 2009Toolkit
Outputs of the Safer Medication Team: a review10 August 2009Data report
Minimising risks of suprapubic catheter insertion (adults only)29 July 2009Alert
Risk to patient safety of not using the NHS Number as the national identifier...24 June 2009Alert
Preventing delay to follow-up for patients with glaucoma11 June 2009Alert
Questions are the answer! Seven questions every board member should ask about...01 June 2009Guidance
Seven steps to patient safety in general practice01 June 2009Guidance
Review of patient safety for children and young people01 June 2009Data report
Preventing harm to children from parents with mental health needs28 May 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
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 1201 May 2009Data report
Female urinary catheters causing trauma to adult males30 April 2009Alert
Throat Packs28 April 2009Alert
Radiotherapy self-assessment tool01 April 2009Toolkit
Mitigating surgical risk in patients undergoing hip arthroplasty for fractures...11 March 2009Alert
Reducing risk of harm from oral bowel cleansing solutions19 February 2009Alert
Seven steps to patient safety for primary care13 February 2009Guidance
National specifications for cleanliness in the NHS: ambulance trusts11 February 2009Guidance