Patient Safety and Improvement Guidance for Postgraduate Medical Education

Patient safety is at the heart of the medical profession and protecting patients from harm and improving quality is a priority for every clinician.  It follows that clinicians are trained in safety and improvement skills. 

The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement in partnership with the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh has developed a Curriculum Creator Tool to support and inform the delivery of patient safety in postgraduate education.  The tool is free to access by all Royal Colleges in the UK.

The Postgraduate Curriculum Creator Tool

Patient safety is at the heart of the medical profession and protecting patients from harm and improving quality are priorities for every clinician. The development of the Postgraduate Curriculum Creator Tool reflects these priorities in a very practical way.

Working in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement has developed the tool to support and inform the delivery of patient safety in postgraduate medical education.

Who is the tool for?

The Curriculum Creator Tool is aimed at curriculum developers of ALL medical specialties – helping you design, build, or even just enhance your patient safety curricula. Although you will need to Register for the Curriculum Creator Tool first, it is free to access by all Royal Colleges in the UK.

How was it developed?

The tool has been developed as part of a wider project to offer better guidance on improving patient safety in postgraduate medical education.

Sponsored by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC), the project has involved an in-depth and systematic review of current national and international patient safety curricula and learning approaches. Click here to access the report.

The new tool synthesises this broad body of knowledge into a single online resource aimed at helping you build the content of your patient safety curricula, and make the best choices about how to deliver and assess the learning too.

How does it work?

The tool uses a simple drop-down menu and select system.

It presents users with a number of ‘core’ patient safety topics, deemed essential to patient safety education and training in postgraduate medicine, as well as a menu of ‘desirable’ topics from which you can choose to create a bespoke syllabus that meets the particular needs of your specialty.

You can work through your curriculum in one single session, or over a period of time and it is easy to edit and share your curriculum with other colleagues as you build it.

Why use the tool?

As well as putting a wide body of knowledge at your fingertips, the Curriculum Creator Tool enables you to make even more informed choices. The tool allows easy reference back to the most relevant international curriculum frameworks, as well as quick access to more detailed explanations and definitions underpinning each of the topics.

Even if patient safety is already covered in your existing postgraduate curriculum, you can use the tool to verify or enhance your current approaches to content, delivery and assessment.

How do you get started?

Once you have logged in to the NHS Institute’s website, the best way to get started is to download and read the Postgraduate Curriculum Creator Tool User guide.

This short visual guide will take you step by step through the whole process, from registering for the tool, to saving and printing your completed curriculum.

  • Read or download the User Guide
  • Want to register now? Use the ‘Register for Curriculum Tool’ link on the right-hand menu opposite. However, there is some useful information about how to register in the User guide and we recommend you download and read this first.
  • Already registered? You’ll see the ‘Curriculum Tool main page’ option on the right-hand menu. Click on this to start or continue work on your curriculum.

What if I just want to see how the tool works?

Even if you do not manage the curriculum development for your specialty, or don’t even have a specialty you can still explore the curriculum creator tool.

Follow the User Guide to register and then select Curriculum TEST from the scroll down menu list of speciality curriculum.