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.

  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society

    This good practice guidance describes four core principles for health care professionals and three responsibilities for organisations relating to the transfer of patients and their medications between different areas of care. It includes clear recommendations for the core content of medical records.

  • Department of Health

    Midwifery 2020 has set out to develop an informed vision of the contribution midwives will make to achieving quality, cost-effective maternity services for women, babies and families across the United Kingdom.

  • The King's Fund

    The aim of the King’s Fund study was to obtain the views of women with recent birth experiences about the safety of the maternity care they received, to inform the King’s Fund inquiry into the safety of maternity services in England. 

  • Journey to Excellence project, Education Scotland

    This report summarises the Vulnerable in Pregnancy (VIP) project. VIP was developed from the drug liaison midwifery service in partnership with addiction and social work staff. Families for whom there was concern were identified at an early stage of pregnancy. Staff worked closely together to share information about vulnerable women. They assessed risks and needs of families. Staff planned well together and women had an individualised pregnancy plan to support them.

  • Irish Government

    This detailed and extensive guideline document Has been developed by the Irish National Clinical Effectiveness Committee. It provides an in-depth review of the evidence relating to clinical handover particularly in maternity services from both an Irish and international perspective.

  • The King’s Fund

    Our fragmented health and care system is not meeting the needs of older people, who are most likely to suffer problems with co-ordination of care and delays in transitions between services. This report from the King’s Fund sets out a framework and tools to help local service leaders improve the care they provide for older people across nine key components.

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the US has put together a compilation of a wide variety of resources for use in improving patient safety in nursing homes. This document would be a useful starting point for individuals or teams researching in this area.

  • The Health Foundation

    ‘My Discharge’ was launched at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in April 2013. Part of the Health Foundation’s 2012 Shine programme, the project aims to improve patient and carer experiences by ensuring that people with dementia stay in hospital for less time than those who do not have the condition.

  • Diabetes UK

    Almost two thirds of people with diabetes do not have a personal care plan in place despite them being vital for enabling people to manage the condition.

  • NHS Benchmarking Network

    The way our intermediate care services are designed impacts hugely on safety and quality of care for frail older people.

  • The Health Foundation

    In this thought paper, Dr Carol Peden offers reflections on the measurement and monitoring of safety from the perspective of a practising clinician based at a busy district general hospital.

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement

    “SBAR”, an acronym that stands for Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation, is one of the most widely used communication tools in patient safety. It can be particularly helpful for structuring communication around patient handovers and in any situation where clear, concise communication is critical.

  • National Quality Board and NHS England

    This concordat represents an agreement between key NHS organisations, regulators and professional bodies to support and embed human factors approaches to patient safety across the NHS. This is a significant document that lays out the value of human factors to the NHS, details the commitments that are being made by influential NHS organisations, and includes human factors case studies to highlight the importance of this work in patient safety.

  • Society of Hospital Medicine

    Discharge from the hospital is a critical transition point in a patient’s care and incomplete handoffs at discharge can lead to adverse events for patients and result in avoidable readmission. 

  • Diabetes and Primary Care Journal

    This article published in the Diabetes and Primary Care Journal provides an update on a new model, named “Super Six”, which bridges the divide between primary care clinicians and specialists, enabling primary care teams to function within an extended clinical professional domain in their community setting.

  • Boston University Medical Center (BUMC)

    Healthcare organisations are under increasing pressure to improve discharge processes and reduce readmissions - a key patient safety issue. 

  • Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

    This toolkit from the Royal College of Physicians focuses on handover by looking at the current problems often experienced, and setting out recommendations for improved, standardised handover protocols.

  • Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Nursing

    This document, produced jointly by the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Nursing, helps identify principles for best practice in ward rounds which can improve patient safety, patient experience, shared learning, collaborative working and efficient use of resources.

  • Nursing Times, The Health Foundation

    This special supplement, published in association with Nursing Times, explores how nurses are using proactive approaches to manage patient safety.

  • Dr. Margaret MacAdam; Canadian Policy Research Networks

    This systematic review by Dr. Margaret MacAdam aimed to locate frameworks of integrated health care for for older people in Canada.

  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare

    Clinical handover is defined as the transfer of professional responsibility and accountability for patient care, and is supported by effective and timely communication.

  • 1000 Lives Plus

    This guide explains how to introduce and use SBAR, a widespread and valuable communication tool. SBAR stands for Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation, and is a formula for effective, concise and clear communication.