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.

  • Health and social care information centre

    The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA) is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and delivered by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, working with Diabetes UK. 

  • The Health Foundation

    This blog post offers a set of practical tips for measuring improvement and avoiding the common pitfalls of measurement. The advice is directed at designing and conducting measurement within quality improvement programmes but all of the tips are directly relevant to the measurement of safety improvement.

  • BMJ Quality & Safety, The Health Foundation

    This free report brings together the best articles published in BMJ Quality & Safety in 2013. 

  • The Health Foundation

    This report summarises the key themes from a Health Foundation roundtable event on the successes and limitations of current approaches to measuring harm.

  • Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group

    This document provides a practical set of tools and methods for structuring effective Morbidity and Mortality meetings. 

  • Health and social care information centre

    In the UK, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) use clinical indicators to measure the quality of health services commissioned by CCGs and, as far as possible, the associated health outcomes. 

  • BBC

    This short BBC video explores the factors that have contributed to the safety performance of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. 

  • British Medical Journal (BMJ)

    This paper produced by a team from the University of Alberta and published in the British Medical Journal discusses the criteria for diagnosis of diabetes in pregnancy and the risks associated with overdiagnosis.

  • The Health Foundation

    In this narrated slideshow, Professor Mary Dixon-Woods looks at improving the quality and safety of care in hospitals, and suggests that we need to take a three-pronged approach: ensuring we are collecting the right data and interpreting it intelligently, looking at the systems we work in and finally how culture and behaviour impact on quality of care.

  • European Society of Anaesthesiology

    This website provides a range of guidance, tools, presentations, alerts and documents relating to patient safety issues in anaesthesia.

  • MHRA

    This material presents a draft patient safety alert that is being prepared by NHS England and the MHRA for issue to NHS organisations in England. 

  • The Health Foundation

    In this thought paper, Professor Aneez Esmail discusses the measurement and monitoring of safety from the perspective of primary care.

  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare

    This document provides a comprehensive and in-depth framework that is designed to support both organisations and clinicians in communicating openly with patients when things have not gone to plan. Elements of this guidance are with specific reference to the Australian healthcare and legal systems, but the framework provides helpful and instructive guidance of relevance internationally.

  • The Health Foundation

    In this thought paper, Jane O’Hara and Ruthe Isden consider the role of patients and citizens in the identification of risk and the measurement and monitoring of safety within healthcare. 

  • Nuffield Trust

    In this short video, Robert Francis QC, who led the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry, discusses the key safety, quality and regulatory issues uncovered by the inquiry and reflects on the future implications for the NHS.

  • Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica

    This article reports on a systematic review of the use and effects of patient safety checklists in medicine and provides useful evidence in support of checklist interventions. It encompasses thirty four studies of safety checklists and suggests that checklists are effective tools for improvement patient safety. Specifically, the review found that checklists improve communication, reduce adverse events, improve adherence to procedures and reduce morbidity and mortality.

  • Endocrine Practice

    This paper, published in the journal Endocrine Practice, looks at the development of a multidisciplinary Diabetes Inpatient Safety Committee to effectively address the many barriers to achieving glycaemic control in the inpatient setting.

  • Maxine Power

    Often asked to provide a steer for Chief Executives and Boards on data, dashboards and strategic measurement, in this paper Maxine Power gives the ten measures of success that differentiate good boards from great boards.

  • BMJ Quality and Safety

    In this piece of original research the authors aimed to evaluate the effects of implementing a ward-level medication safety scorecard in two NHS hospitals in a large English city and examine factors influencing these effects.

  • Royal College of Nursing

    This report from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) outlines summary guidance and recommendations for safe nursing staffing in terms of skills mix and overall levels on inpatient wards for older people. 


  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

    In 2004 the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture - a staff survey designed to help hospitals assess the culture of safety in their institutions. Since then, hundreds of hospitals across the U.S. and internationally have implemented the survey.

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    Rhona Flin, The Health Foundation

    The term ‘non-technical skills’ came from the European aviation regulator in the 1990s and the concept is now used to underpin training and workplace-based assessment in a number of safety-critical occupations, including healthcare.

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    Donal O’Donoghue, The Health Foundation

    In this paper Donal O’Donoghue, National Clinical Director for Kidney Care, discusses the patient safety issues in preventing diabetic kidney disease through screening programmes. He introduces the preventative opportunities in diabetes patients to avoid renal damage and reviews existing programmes for early diagnosis and prevention.

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    Dr Carol Peden, The Health Foundation

    In this video case study Dr Carol Pedan explains the work of the Quality Improvement Centre at Royal United Hospital in Bath. 

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    Mary Dixon-Woods, Peter Pronovost, Martin Marshall, The Health Foundation

    Many people are working to improve healthcare quality to bring about safer, more beneficial and cost-effective care for patients. But all too often, there is little evidence to support what they do or demonstrate precisely which improvement projects, methods and techniques really work best.

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    Emma Nunez, Patrick Mitchell, The Health Foundation

    This paper by Emma Nunez and Patrick Mitchell examines the role of human factors in tackling the human and organisational factors around patient safety. It includes the key roles of staff and how to develop organisational resilience.

  • The Health Foundation

    This learning report looks at lessons from the Health Foundation’s Lining Up research project – an investigation into interventions to reduce central line infections.

  • The Health Foundation

    The Health Foundation's research scan provides fast, free access to the latest healthcare improvement research.

  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

    The QIPP collection provides users with practical case studies that address the quality and productivity challenge in health and social care. All examples submitted are evaluated by NICE.

  • Department of Health

    This guide from the Department of Health is aimed at the boards of healthcare organisations, as they provide an essential risk and safety oversight function.