Patient safety

Improving patient safety involves assessing how patients could be harmed, preventing or managing risks, reporting and analysing incidents, learning from such incidents and implementing solutions to minimise the likelihood of them reoccurring.

Views sought for review of cosmetic procedures

woman receiving a cosmetic procedure

A major review of cosmetic surgery and procedures is launched today by the Department of Health. The review, led by NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, wants people to … Read more → – Views sought for review of cosmetic procedures

National Patient Safety Agency annual report and accounts for 2011/12 published

The last full annual report of the National Patient Safety Agency was presented to Parliament on 12 July 2012 and is published by the Department of Health today. The Agency … Read more → – National Patient Safety Agency annual report and accounts for 2011/12 published

Guidance to support the NHS in implementing the NHS Safety Thermometer published

The Department of Health has published guidance to support the NHS in implementing the NHS Safety Thermometer. The NHS Safety Thermometer gives nurses a template to check basic levels of … Read more → – Guidance to support the NHS in implementing the NHS Safety Thermometer published

Report raises issues about Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

The Care Quality Commission has published a report showing that the NHS needs better awareness of when and how to apply the Mental Capacity Act – Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards … Read more → – Report raises issues about Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Funding for two patient safety research centres announced

Two research centres will receive a share of over £13 million funding to help make the NHS a safer place for patients. The money, which comes from the National Institute … Read more → – Funding for two patient safety research centres announced

Estates and Facilities Alert – reporting defects and failures, and disseminating alerts

This alert reminds NHS healthcare providers, Trusts, NHS Foundation Trusts, PCTs, Dental practices and GP surgeries of the importance of reporting defects and failures involving non-medical devices, and the dissemination … Read more → – Estates and Facilities Alert – reporting defects and failures, and disseminating alerts

Never events list update for 2012/13

The ‘never events’ list has been updated and published with minor amendments to two of the never event definitions. The changes are to ‘never event’ number 18, ‘Transplantation of ABO … Read more → – Never events list update for 2012/13