Over one million people use the NHS each day and making sure they receive safe and reliable care is a massive challenge for health services.

About the Health Foundation

The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.

Our aim is a healthier population, supported by high quality health care that can be equitably accessed. We learn what works to make people’s lives healthier and improve the health care system. From giving grants to those working at the front line to carrying out research and policy analysis, we shine a light on how to make successful change happen.

We make links between the knowledge we gain from working with those delivering health and health care and our research and analysis. Our aspiration is to create a virtuous circle, using what we know works on the ground to inform effective policymaking and vice versa.

We believe good health and health care are key to a flourishing society. Through sharing what we learn, collaborating with others and building people’s skills and knowledge, we aim to make a difference and contribute to a healthier population.

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About the patient safety resource centre

Our goal is a healthcare system where patients always receive safe and reliable care. We promote an active safety management approach to identifying potential risk while helping to improve monitoring and measuring and create a culture in which safety concerns are freely and openly discussed.

This patient safety resource centre aims to advance this goal.

This patient safety resource centre enables you to access credible information at your finger-tips.  With resources to suit all levels of practice, from key research to national standards, implementation guidelines and case studies, you’ll find everything you need, all in one place.

The resource centre is initially focused around three areas of care - safety management, frail older people and diabetes. All of the content has been through a robust quality assurance review by the Health Foundation and a team of patient safety experts, so you can rest assured that everything you find on the resource centre is of the highest possible standard.  Where there are gaps in understanding about patient safety, we have commissioned experts to produce new resources.

Strategic advisory board

A strategic advisory board has been established to guide the overall direction for the resource centre. This group will provide expertise to shape our approach and ensure we deliver relevant and up-to-date resources. Members of the strategic advisory board are:

  • Mary Dixon-Woods - Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Leicester
  • Gavin Lavery - Clinical Director of the HSC Safety Forum, Northern Ireland
  • Andy Longmate - National Clinical Lead for Safety, Scotland
  • Edward Kelley - Co-ordinator, WHO Patient Safety Programme
  • Gerry Marr - Chief Executive, NHS Tayside
  • Ashley McKimm - Head of Quality and Safety, BMJ
  • Emma Nunez - Quality and Safety Manager, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Area Team
  • Ross Scrivener -  Programme manager (Integrated online resources), RCN
  • Penny Pereira - Assistant Director of Strategy (Patient Safety), Health Foundation

Which areas of care should we focus on next?

Your comments and feedback

The patient safety resource centre has been developed around areas of care, initially safety management, diabetes and frail older people.  We will be adding additional areas of care in 2014 and would welcome your suggestions as to which areas we should focus on next.

You can leave comments and suggestions for additional areas of care in the box below or email Lizzie Wrobel at The Health Foundation. We also welcome general comments and feedback on the resource centre as well as recommendations for additional resources.







Hi, I am looking for help and guidance in the specialised safety and nursing management within the nasogastric tube, specifically in the case law, and management of feeding with drug administration. I am currently a Nursing student in my third year of training, Many thanks Ruth.

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