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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
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 901 August 2008Data report
Technical patient safety solutions for ventilator-associated pneumonia in...01 August 2008Alert
Infusions and sampling from arterial lines Rapid Response Report28 July 2008Alert
Reducing dosing errors with opioid medicines04 July 2008Alert
NHS Confed|NPSA briefing: Five actions to improve patient safety reporting01 June 2008Guidance
Chest drains: risks associated with the insertion of chest drains01 May 2008Alert
Compendium of Patient Safety in Practice01 May 2008Guidance
Design for patient safety: a guide to the labelling and packaging of injectable...01 May 2008Guidance
Intravenous Heparin Flush Solutions24 April 2008Alert
Towards safer radiotherapy10 April 2008Guidance
Independent investigation of serious patient safety incidents in mental health...01 March 2008Guidance
Foresight training01 March 2008Toolkit
Oral anti-cancer medicines: risks of incorrect dosing22 January 2008Alert
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 9: Learning from reporting - device-related...01 January 2008Data report
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 9: Learning from reporting - nasogastric tube...01 January 2008Data report
A risk matrix for risk managers01 January 2008Guidance
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 731 December 2007Data report
NICE NPSA medicines reconciliation adults hospital01 December 2007Alert
Fire hazard with paraffin-based skin products26 November 2007Alert
Recognising and responding appropriately to early signs of deterioration in...01 November 2007Guidance