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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

BBC News

Biggest NHS flu campaign under way

About 30 million people - nearly half the UK population - are being offered the flu vaccine, in the biggest winter vaccination campaign the NHS has seen. For the first time, all primary school pupils can have the vaccination free.

BBC News

Drug exports restricted 'to protect NHS patients'

The UK government has announced a ban on some drug exports to protect NHS patients' access to medicines. The 24 medicines affected include hormone replacement therapy drugs, contraceptives and adrenaline pens. The move comes after a survey of local pharmacists found shortages of every major type of medicine in the past six months.


Caring, supportive, collaborative: Doctors’ future vision for change in the NHS

This report draws on the experience and expertise of BMA members across all branches of medical practice in the UK. It outlines where the BMA believes changes are needed to ensure patient care is safe, to make the NHS a great place to work and to transform services for the better.


Raising and responding to frontline concerns in health care

Frontline staff are well placed to identify failings in care, but speaking up requires a supportive organisational culture to be effective.

National Audit Office

Exiting the EU: supplying the health and social care sectors

There is a risk of delays to supplies for health and social care if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Government has done an enormous amount to manage this risk, but the National Audit Office (NAO) highlights that there is still significant work to be done.

NIHR Signal

Better strategies are needed to reduce preventable patient harm in healthcare

About 6% of patients in healthcare settings internationally experience harm that could have been prevented. Around one in eight of these cases result in severe harm, causing permanent disability or death. This review provides the best evidence so far about the proportion of overall patient harm that could be prevented.


Safeguarding children in education resource

The new safeguarding in education section offers support to help schools, colleges and educational establishments to keep children and young adults safe, and improve how they respond to safeguarding concerns. It includes a new resource on helping teaching professionals to recognise types and indicators of abuse and neglect.


'Little progress' for NHS patient safety over past 20 years, says chief inspector of hospitals

“Little progress” has been made improving patient safety in the NHS over the past 20 years, the top health service watchdog has said. Serious accidents such as surgery on the wrong part of the body remain commonplace due to an “insidious” culture of defensiveness and blame, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said.

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