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.

  • Virtual College

    This course provides a foundation level of education to all healthcare professionals that care for children and young people with diabetes and their families.

  • Journal of General Internal Medicine

    Patient activation interventions (PAIs) engage patients in care by promoting increased knowledge, confidence, and/or skills for disease self-management. However, little has been known about the impact of these interventions on a wide range of outcomes for adults with type 2 diabetes (DM2), or which of these interventions, if any, have the greatest impact on glycemic control.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • SignHealth

    These British Sign Language videos were made by SignHealth with help and information from the NHS.

  • Journal of Diabetology

    This review article published in the Journal of Diabetology reviewed the published literature on self-management of diabetes across 34 articles. 

  • The King's Fund

    This important report from The Kings Fund authored by David Oliver, Catherine Foot, and Richard Humphries describes some of the problems with systems of care for frailer older people and sets out a framework and tools to help local service leaders improve the care they provide for older people.

  • The Health Foundation, British Geriatrics Society, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    This project, supported by the Health Foundation and led by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of British Geriatrics Society, focuses on a series of measurable harms posing a risk to older patients, including confusion, falls, and adverse drug reactions.

  • The 5th Diabetic

    This blog written by a person with diabetes describes some of the challenges to having diabetes in the workplace. 

  • American Diabetes Association

    This is site from the American Diabetes Association allows people with diabetes in the USA to sign up and receive a personalised diabetes plan. For 12 months this programme sends personalised text messages to help people learn healthy eating habits, remember medications and appointments, and stay motivated.


    ‘SWEET’ is an acronym derived from ‘Better control in Pediatric and Adolescent diabeteS: Working to crEate CEnTers of Reference’. This group of established European and national diabetes organisations have joined forces to improve diabetes management in children and adolescents. The website describes what SWEET has achieved over the past years and what they are planning in the field of paediatric diabetes care in Europe.

  • Diabetes UK

    This blog from Diabetes UK and written by Helen May describes the challenges of managing insulin use after eating out at a restaurant, ‘guessing’ how much insulin needed and discussing the dangers of making an incorrect calculation.

  • Journal of Diabetes Nursing

    This paper by Anne Cooper and Partha Kar and published in the Journal of Diabetes Nursing examines the role of technology, social media and networks to support people to self manage their diabetes. It also looks at the evidence base for impact.

  • Diabetes UK

    People with Type 2 diabetes have significantly increased cardiovascular risk compared with the general population and reducing this risk is a key part of diabetes management.

  • Jen Grieves

    This blog, which forms part of the Diabetes UK series, explains the experience of having a hypo and why it happens. Written by patient Jen Grieves it is an informative patient story which can be used for patient safety education.

  • Practical Diabetes

    This improvement work aimed to reduce prescription errors and improve health care professionals’ knowledge by introducing the following initiatives: (1) redesign of the diabetes prescription chart; and (2) implementing a root cause analysis prescription error pathway which involves a targeted approach to education for the individual who made the error.

  • Diabetes UK

    The Diabetes Support Network is online peer support community for people with diabetes. Developed by Diabetes UK it covers discussion on safe management of diabetes. Although aimed at a UK audience it is a good resource for patients worldwide to learn and discuss safe self-management of diabetes.

  • iTunes, Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

    This free app, created by delirium experts at Cumbria University Hosptals NHS Trust, can be used as a bedside guide to aid the recognition, prevention and management of delirium

  • Department of Health

    Dose adjustment for normal eating’ (DAFNE) is a 5-day structured education programme for adults with type 1 diabetes that provides the knowledge and skills required for insulin adjustment on a meal-by-meal basis, within a safe environment.

  • Health Improvement Scotland

    This is a best practice multi-disciplinary statement outlining guidance for catheter care, and is accompanied by an e-learning programme on Urinary Catheterisation, Management, Care and Prevention of Infection developed by NHS Education for Scotland.

  • Royal College of Nursing

    This page describes the RCN’s five principles for dementia care, SPACE, and provides links to some accompanying resources to support the implementation of these – a how to guide and film.

  • 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.

  • American Association of Diabetes Educators

    The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) convened a multidisciplinary expert panel to propose guidelines for insulin injection therapy. They examined best practices and explored effective problem solving for patients who have difficulty with insulin injections. 

  • American Diabetes Association

    For children using insulin their diabetes must be carefully managed, including the many hours spent at school. The 'Safe at school' resources from the American Diabetes Association include webinars and educational materials for both parents and teachers. The materials cover the main principles of safe management of insulin in children and will useful in all countries.

  • The Alzheimers Society

    This factsheet from the Alzheimer’s society gives useful information designed for carers and relatives of patients with dementia.

  • BMJ Quality and Safety (Open Access)

    This important, large study of care home residents identified a high incidence of medication errors in care home residents and explores underlying reasons and potential solutions for these.

  • British Geriatrics Society

    This page on the British Geriatric Society’s website emphasizes the need to think differently about the health care needs of care home residents and provides a link to recently published Commissioning for Excellence in Care Homes


  • IHI blogs website

    This guest interview for the IHIs readmissions blog addresses some of the challenges and opportunities to improve systems of care for frail older people.

  • Diabetes UK

    Putting Feet First is a campaign from Diabetes UK, targeting the 50 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) with the highest amputation rates in England.


    The Diabetes Forum is a community for patients, carers and clinicians. It is a resource which healthcare professionals may find useful to suggest patients access to better manage their diabetes more safely.