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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
Safer lithium therapy01 December 2009Alert
Anaesthetic e-form30 November 2009Guidance
Quarterly data summary issue 14 27 November 2009Data report
Nasogastric tube feeding under restraint | Signal27 November 2009Signal
Recognition of compartment syndrome | Signal27 November 2009Signal
Distance to travel for key on-call staff | Signal27 November 2009Signal
Missed diagnosis and delayed treatment for ectopic pregnancies | Signal27 November 2009Signal
Wrong side biopsy | Signal27 November 2009Signal
Pressure ulcers under plaster casts | Signal27 November 2009Signal
Residual anaesthetic drugs in cannulae | Signal27 November 2009Signal
Pain relief in terminal care in the community | Signal27 November 2009Signal
Confidentiality issues for patients at risk of harming others | Signal27 November 2009Signal
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 14: Learning from reporting - improving the...27 November 2009Data report
Preventing suicide: a toolkit for mental health services25 November 2009Toolkit
Being Open framework19 November 2009Guidance
Being open: communicating patient safety incidents with patients, their...19 November 2009Alert
Being Open: Webinars19 November 2009Alert
Analysing Significant Event Audits in general practice02 November 2009Guidance
Surgical safety can be improved through better understanding of incidents 12 October 2009Data report
Organisation Patient Safety Incident Reports07 October 2009Data report