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Patient safety

The latest patient safety related news

Highlighting learning from practitioners and research from human factors in health care.

Follow this theme to discover what patient safety means as a practice. We share learning from practitioners, and researchers and findings from the developing field of human factors in health care.

Patient safety

BMJ Quality and Safety

Patients' reports of adverse events

Understanding a patient's hospital experience is fundamental to improving health services and policy, yet, little is known about their experiences of adverse events (AEs). This study redresses this deficit by investigating the experiences of patients in New South Wales hospitals who suffered an AE.

BMJ Quality and Safety

Assessing the safety culture of care homes

Understanding the cultural characteristics of healthcare organisations is widely recognised to be an important component of patient safety. A growing number of vulnerable older people are living in care homes but little attention has been paid to safety culture in this sector.

Department of Health

Health Service Safety Investigations Bill

This draft bill establishes a new independent healthcare safety investigation body to improve patient safety. The HSSIB will conduct investigations which focus on learning from patient safety incidents in the NHS, to reduce health care harm and improve patient care.

Department of Health

New improvements to help fight sepsis

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced new measures to help combat sepsis. Thousands of nurses, care home staff and pharmacists will be told how to check for signs and symptoms of sepsis, as part of a new NHS plan to improve treatment of the condition.

Drug Safety

Frequency and Nature of Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Events in Mental Health Hospitals

Little is known about the frequency and nature of medication errors (MEs) and adverse drug events (ADEs) that occur in mental health hospitals. This systematic review aims to provide an up-to-date and critical appraisal of the epidemiology and nature of MEs and ADEs in this setting.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Insulin pens: risk of hyperglycaemia due to cartridge holder weakening when exposed to certain household chemicals

This alert advises healthcare workers to identify patients who use NovoPen Echo and NovoPen 5 insulin pens and inform them of the manufacturer’s Field Safety Notice, which lists batch numbers of affected cartridge holders for recall and replacement.

National Audit Office

Managing the costs of clinical negligence in trusts

The cost of clinical negligence in trusts is significant and rising fast, placing increasing financial pressure on an already stretched system.

NHS Improvement

Learning from deaths in the NHS

In March 2017, the National Quality Board introduced new guidance for NHS providers on how they should learn from the deaths of people in their care. NHS Improvement is now helping trusts to meet the requirements of the new guidance.

NHS Providers

Managing risk in health and care this winter: update

This report assesses NHS planning for the upcoming winter season. NHS Providers warns that a failure to make an emergency investment of £200-£350 million will lead to longer patient waiting times and increased patient safety risks.

Royal College of Physicians

Supporting junior doctors in safe prescribing

The EQUIP and PROTECT studies found that FY1 and FY2 doctors write two-thirds of hospital prescriptions, and have a significantly higher prescribing error rate vs. consultants. This guidance sets out how trusts can support safe prescribing among trainee doctors.


Patient safety

The World Health Organization has updated their patient safety website. It includes the most recent WHO initiatives and resources in patient safety. A navigation pane on the left of the page allows for quick access to important content areas, ranging from policies and strategies to education and training to patient engagement.

WHO Patient Safety

Making health care safer

This brochure illustrates the importance of safe care for everyone. It includes a comprehensive collation of key WHO materials and activities to generate improvements at the front line.

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