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

Care Quality Commission

CQC briefing on improving safety in NHS maternity services

Greater national focus on the safety of maternity care has helped to drive improvements for women and their families.

Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response. Latest updates

This report looks at how adult social care services keep people safe from sexual incidents. It also looks at how services can support them to express their sexuality. Building a culture of openness in which people can talk about sexual safety and sexuality is the first step towards protecting and supporting them.

Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

Find out the number of cases and risk level in the UK, what to do if you have symptoms, and what the government is doing about the virus.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Department of Health and Social Care, and Public Health England

COVID-19 guidance for mass gatherings

The Government has published its latest guidance on social distancing in relation to COVID-19.


NHS hospitals likened to war zones as doctors prepare to make grim decisions

NHS hospitals are in urgent need of ventilators and are approaching full capacity because of the Covid-19 outbreak, which will increasingly force doctors to make tough decisions about which patients to treat, the British Medical Association has warned.

House of Commons Library

Child protection: duties to report concerns (England)

This briefing paper sets out the current requirements on individuals and organisations regarding the reporting of known or suspected child abuse or neglect. It also provides information on the debate around whether a mandatory duty to report abuse or neglect should be introduced in England, and outlines the operation of such mandatory duties in other countries.

International Journal for Equity in Health

Patient safety in marginalised groups

Marginalised groups (‘populations outside of mainstream society’) experience severe health inequities, as well as increased risk of experiencing patient safety incidents.

Journal of Patient Safety

Systemic Causes of In-Hospital Intravenous Medication Errors

Delivery of intravenous medications in hospitals is a complex process posing to systemic risks for errors. The aim of this study was to identify systemic causes of in-hospital intravenous medication errors.

International Journal for Quality in Healthcare

Using Safety and resilient health care principles to learn from never events

This article aims to conduct a secondary analysis of root cause analysis (RCA) reports of Never Events to determine whether and how Safety-II/resilient healthcare principles could contribute to improving the quality of investigation reports and therefore preventing future Never Events.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to keep safe when getting medicines or treatment online

In partnership with the General Pharmaceutical Council and other UK health organisations, the NMC helped to launch a new guide for people to make sure that medicines or treatment they get online are safe and right for them.

Welsh Government

COVID-19 advice

Advice including who to contact if you are concerned about coronavirus (COVID-19).

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