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Patient Safety Observatory reports

Incident reporting on its own can never tell us all we need to know about patient safety. Instead, a range of information sources and data is required to achieve a more comprehensive understanding.  


The Patient Safety Observatory was established by the National Reporting and Learning Service to draw upon a range of intelligence sources to identify and monitor patient safety incidents, and to highlight and prioritise areas for action. Sources include litigation bodies, industry and patients, and together they provide a more complete picture of patient safety across all healthcare sectors.  


A series of reports has been published by the Observatory. The reports: 


  • consider the available data from reported patient safety incidents; and

  • identify the learning from these in order to achieve safer healthcare. 


The Patient Safety Observatory reports are listed below.

TitleIssue dateType
Safer care for the acutely ill patient: learning from serious incident01 January 2007Data report
Slips, trips and falls01 January 2007Data report
With safety in mind01 July 2006Data report
Building a memory18 September 2005Data report