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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
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) tools: analysing to identify contributory factors and...06 August 2010Toolkit
National specifications for cleanliness: care homes 03 August 2010Guidance
National specifications for cleanliness : primary medical and dental premises03 August 2010Guidance
Reducing treatment dose errors with low molecular weight heparins30 July 2010Alert
Implementing 'Towards Safer Radiotherapy'13 July 2010Guidance
Slips, trips and falls data update23 June 2010Data report
Safer administration of insulin16 June 2010Alert
Medical error. What to do if things go wrong: a guide for junior doctors07 June 2010Guidance
WHO Surgical Safety Checklist: for cataract surgery only 27 May 2010Guidance
Reducing the risk of retained swabs after vaginal birth and perineal suturing26 May 2010Alert
Checking pregnancy before surgery28 April 2010Alert
WHO Surgical Safety Checklist: for radiological interventions only09 April 2010Guidance
Early detection of complications after gastrostomy31 March 2010Alert
Delayed diagnosis of cancer: Thematic review26 March 2010Data report
Design for patient safety: A guide to the design of electronic infusion devices24 March 2010Guidance
Organisation Patient Safety Incident Reports March 201024 March 2010Data report
Never Events - Framework: Update for 2010-1124 March 2010Guidance
Design for patient safety: user testing in the development of medical devices01 March 2010Guidance
High Hazards- summary and full report01 March 2010Guidance
Pembury: summary report01 March 2010Guidance