National patient safety incident reports: 21 March 2018

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Analysis of the patient safety incidents reported in England to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) up to December 2017.

For practical reasons we publish two sets of National patient safety incident reports (NaPSIRs) simultaneously. This publication includes reports covering incidents to December 2017, and to September 2017. NaPSIRs were previously called Quarterly Data Summaries (QDS).

The data

Every six months we publish official statistics on patient safety incidents reported to the NRLS. The NaPSIRs set out the number of patient safety incidents reported to the NRLS and describe their patterns and trends. The data include all patient safety incidents reported by NHS organisations in England.

Two sets of data and analysis are presented in each NaPSIR data report:
  • the number of reports made to the NRLS by quarter, using data based on the date that the report was received
  • an overview of patterns and trends in incident reports using data based on the date that the incidents occurred

NaPSIR commentary

NAPSIR commentary FINAL data to December 2017 PDF, 676.9 KB

NRLS national patient safety incident reports: commentary March 2018.

NaPSIR up to December 2017

NaPSIR October to December 2017 - England v1.1 XLSX, 142.3 KB

Data on patient safety incidents reported to the NRLS up to December 2017 - full workbook

Please note: Version 1.1 of the workbook was published 23 March 2018 to update and correct the original 1.0 version, which had a typographical error in the title of the graph in the “Background” tab. Data was not affected and we apologise for any confusion.

NaPSIR quarterly data summary: October to December 2017 ZIP, 23.4 KB

Data on patient safety incidents reported to the NRLS up to December 2017 - as individual CSV files

NaPSIR up to September 2017

NaPSIR Jul-Sep 2017 - England XLSX, 139.9 KB

Data on patient safety incidents reported to the NRLS up to September 2017 - full workbook

NaPSIR quarterly data summary: July to September 2017 ZIP, 23.3 KB

Data on patient safety incidents reported to the NRLS up to September 2017 - as individual CSV files

Official statistic compliance

We produce the national patient safety incident report official statistic publications in accordance with the code of practice for statistics. The documents below describe our compliance with the code.

Supporting documents

NRLS Guidance notes PDF, 492.2 KB

Supporting information on patient safety incident reporting and the NRLS, what this data is, the methodology, and why we publish it.

How we use incident reports submitted to the NRLS to improve patient safety

You can find details of  how we identify issues and risks by reviewing patient safety incident reports, and the action we take as a direct result to protect patients from harm in our Patient safety review and response reports. These reports include information and case studies on what we've done to address ‘rare and under-recognised’ safety issues identified through the NRLS and other sources.

Contact us

If you have any queries in relation to the data contained in the workbooks please contact us.

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