The following are links to other organisations who provide information and guidance on patient safety which you may find useful. The Health Foundation can take no responsibility for the accuracy or suitability of information from third parties.
WHO Patient Safety is a resource for those working to improve patient safety worldwide with the aim to encourage international collaboration and action between WHO Member States. The WHO delivers a number of programmes covering systemic and technical aspects to improve patient safety around the world, such as the WHO surgical safety checklist.
This resource from the Royal College of Nursing describes the RCN's approach to patient safety, shows the RCN's programme of work on patient safety, provides updates about patient safety initiatives across the UK, set out the resources and online learning available from the RCN about patient safety. Patient safety is a core part of the NMC Code (Nursing and Midwifery Council 2008) and the RCN Principles of Nursing Practice (Royal College of Nursing 2010a).
BMJ Quality & Safety (previously Quality & Safety in Health Care) is an international peer review publication providing, news, opinion, debate and research for academics, clinicians and healthcare managers.
It encourages innovation and creative thinking to improve the quality of health care and the science of improvement.
The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. It aims to help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. On patient safety it publishes analysis, commentary and research - particularly around the area of leadership and health management.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an independent not-for-profit organisation based in Massachusetts, USA, with mission to improve health and health care. It provides both free and fee-based quality improvement and patient safety learning materials for health professionals.
1000 Lives Plus is the national improvement programme, supporting organisations and individuals, to deliver the highest quality and safest healthcare for the people of Wales. It builds on the work of the two-year 1000 Lives Campaign, which ended in April 2010. The campaign aimed to save an additional 1,000 lives and prevent 50,000 episodes of harm in Welsh healthcare.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland is a public body formed in 2011 with the purpose to support healthcare providers in Scotland to deliver high quality, evidence-based, safe, effective and person-centred care; and to scrutinise those services to provide public assurance about the quality and safety of that care.
The HSC Safety Forum was created in 2007 to support health and social care organisations in Northern Ireland to provide safe, high quality care. It provides support in developing improvement collaboratives, building capability and engagement with both stakeholders and the public.
The Tayside Centre for Organisational Effectiveness helps staff improve patient services and develop an organisational ability to undertake ongoing cycles of change and innovation. It offers an annual curriculum for quality improvement learning, an innovation hub and supports developing new ways of improvement through an in-house team.
Patient Safety Wales provides advice and guidance to the NHS in Wales to help drive continuous improvement in patient safety.
This resource from the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement offers NHS employees access to free tools, publications and resources. Safe and productive care for older people. The NHS Institute closed on 31 March 2013 though the website will continue to be maintained for the interim whilst the new NHS Improvement Body is formed.
Patient Safety First launched in June 2008 and came to an end in March 2010. Its aim was to focus on the safety culture in the NHS and to engage clinical staff as well as enable behavioural change leading to safer, better healthcare. Although no longer being regularly updated it contains a number of useful patient safety improvement programmes and resources, including 'How to' guides, videos, case studies and many other resources.