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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

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Workplace safety in health care

“The patient safety movement has highlighted the risks that patients face when receiving health care. But, importantly, workers face risks as well. Although debate continues regarding whether worker safety should be considered part of the patient safety movement, many organizations think about it that way.”

BMC Health Services Research

The patient reporting and action for a safe environment (PRASE) intervention

There is growing interest in the role of patients in improving patient safety. One such role is providing feedback on the safety of their care. This study describes the development and feasibility testing of an intervention that collects patient feedback on patient safety, brings together staff to consider this feedback and to plan improvement strategies.

Department of Health

Helping parents spot the signs of sepsis

A nationwide sepsis awareness campaign has been launched to help parents and carers of young children recognise the symptoms of sepsis. The campaign includes a film featuring mother and campaigner Melissa Mead, who lost her baby son William to sepsis in December 2014.


More than 2m people wait over four hours in A&E, figures show

More than 2 million people had to wait more than four hours at A&E units last year, a sharp rise on the previous year, official NHS figures have shown.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care

Learning from the design, development and implementation of the Medication Safety Thermometer

Approximately 10% of patients are harmed by healthcare, and of this harm 15% is thought to be medication related.

Local Government Ombudsman

Working together to investigate health and social care complaints

This report outlines how adopting an integrated approach to investigating complaints about health and social care can lead to significant benefits.

NHS Improvement

Safe, sustainable and productive staffing: an improvement resource for adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals

This draft guidance aims to help standardise staffing decisions in adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals.

NHS Improvement

Safe, sustainable and productive staffing: an improvement resource for learning disability services

This draft guidance aims to help standardise staffing decisions for learning disability services in community and inpatient settings.

Public Health England

Development of learning from radiotherapy errors: supplementary guidance series

This document presents the causative factor taxonomy; presents the refinement to the radiotherapy pathway coding which includes the introduction of the safety barrier taxonomy; and provides guidance on the application of the taxonomy.

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