Filter resources by focus area and profession

If you're working in one of the NHS England Patient Safety Collaboratives, we've tagged all of our resources according to the designated focus areas. We've also identified which resources we think are specifically useful to certain professions.

  • This content was commissioned exclusively for this Resource Centre

    UCLPartners, The Health Foundation

    This video discusses the impact of perinatal mental health problems on both maternal and child health from the perspective of both professionals and patients and discusses the use of a perinatal mental health value scorecard which enables health visitors to record the services they are providing for patients.  

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    Professor Cathy Warwick, The Health Foundation

    This discussion paper by Professor Cathy Warwick, CBE, General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives in the UK calls for a radical redesign of maternity services with continuation of midwifery care at the heart of service provision. She argues that transformation of maternity services will only be possible with courageous, flexible and adaptive leaders.

  • The Health Foundation

    This practical guide aims to support NHS organisations to apply a framework for measuring and monitoring safety. The framework was developed on behalf of the Health Foundation by Professor Charles Vincent, Ms Susan Burnett and Dr Jane Carthey.

  • The Health Foundation

    Patient safety today has evolved through a combination of inspirational individuals, local initiatives, legal requirements as well as some high profile failures of care. This interactive timeline is a visual guide through some of the key patient safety events, both in the UK and internationally, over the past 150 years.

  • Clinical Human Factors Group

    This guide provides boards, non-executives and senior leaders with a strategic view of the importance of human factors approaches to improving patient safety.

  • Safer Care North East Programme

    Being human by its very nature, makes us all fallible. The additional titles we bear as a result of our education, training and technical ability will never change the fundamental imperfections found among humans.

  • Charles Vincent, Susan Burnett, Jane Carthey

    Over the past 10 years there has been a deluge of statistics on medical error and harm to patients, many tragic cases of healthcare failure and a growing number of major government and professional reports on the need to make healthcare safer.

  • Matthew Cooke, Stephen Cross, Hugh Flanagan, Rose Jarvis, Peter Spurgeon

    The approach to patient safety in healthcare is reactive.  We still do not have a culture that understands human behaviour and it very often seeks to identify and blame individuals.  The Safer Clinical Systems approach takes learning from other safety critical industries to develop a proactive approach to risk assessment.   

  • This content was commissioned exclusively for this Resource Centre

    Health Foundatoin

    In this thought paper, Blair Sadler and Kevin Stewart draw on experiences from their roles as chief executive of a children’s hospital in San Diego, California and as chief medical officer of a general hospital trust in the south of England. 

  • The Health Foundation

    In this thought paper, Blair Sadler and Kevin Stewart draw on experiences from their roles as chief executive of a children’s hospital in San Diego, California and as chief medical officer of a general hospital trust in the south of England

  • This content was commissioned exclusively for this Resource Centre

    Health Foundatoin

    Infection control has been high on the political agenda and on the agenda of the NHS in England in recent years. 


  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

    This is a comprehensive summary of the management of chicken pox for pregnant women and babies. It includes an executive summary which highlights recommendations for service provision. 

  • The Royal College of Midwives

    The report looks at a number of indicators of the pressures on maternity care and the resources available to cope in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

  • Health Foundatoin

    Over the past decade, the Health Foundation has supported front-line teams working in different settings, from hospitals to care homes, to develop and test approaches to making care safer. We have learned about some of the specific causes of harm, and the factors which have both enabled and hindered improvements in safety.

  • The Health Foundation

    A blog from Penny Pereira explaining the development of a driver diagram to supporting healthcare organisations to implement the recommendations of the Berwick Review of Patient Safety. 

  • Health Foundatoin

    On 14 May 2014, the Health Foundation hosted a workshop to discuss building capability for improving safety. 

  • The Health Foundation

    How five UK trusts built quality improvement capability at scale within their organisations

  • The Health Foundation

    High reliability organisations are organisations that work in situations that have the potential for large-scale risk and harm, but which manage to balance effectiveness, efficiency and safety. They also minimise errors through teamwork, awareness of potential risk and constant improvement.

  • Dr Michael Leonard and Dr Allan Frankel

    How effective leadership and organisational fairness are essential for patient safety within healthcare services.

  • Professor Mary Dixon-Woods


  • The Health Foundation

    This guide focuses on one important element of the quality agenda: quality improvement.

  • The Health Foundation

    This webinar explores the practical steps boards can take to effectively measure and monitor quality and safety within their organisations.

  • Government commissioned independent report

    This report investigated maternity services at Furness General Hospital from January 2004 to June 2013, and concludes the maternity unit was dysfunctional and that serious failures of clinical care led to unnecessary deaths of mothers and babies. It makes a series of recommendations for the wider NHS as well as Morecambe Bay.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

    This table can be used to define and interpret cardiotocograph traces and to guide the management of the labour for women who are having continuous cardiotocography.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

    This quality standard covers assessment after a fall and preventing further falls (secondary prevention) in older people living in the community and during a hospital stay. Secondary prevention focuses on interventions targeted at older people with a history of falls. Older people are those aged 65 years and over.

  • Health Service Journal

    A HSJ commissioned report which sets out key actions and best practice for hospital and system leaders, as well as highlighting a need to reset some expectations.

  • Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)

    RQIA conducted unannounced inspections at Northern Ireland's 11 acute hospitals, speaking to over 350 patients and their relatives, observing practice and reviewing patients' notes. This review makes 14 regional recommendations across the areas to improve the quality of care for older people in Northern Ireland's hospitals.

  • Advances in Geriatrics

    This research paper looks at the effect of a twelve-month individually tailored multifactorial, interdisciplinary intervention targeting frailty, compared with usual care. The intervention reduced phenotypically defined frailty (weakness, slowness, and low energy expenditure) and improved mobility.

  • Social Care Institute for Excellence

    The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) was established to improve social care services for adults and children in the United Kingdom. This report discusses nutrition and hydration from the perspective of social care with the emphasis on simple practice points which could be implemented to improve the nutrition of the frail elderly population.

  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland

    This report focuses on work to identify frailty in 4 locations in Scotland. The purpose is to describe what is happening in each location, reflect on the factors that have helped make their approaches successful, identify any obstacles the teams encountered and draw out key principles.