Organisation patient safety incident reports


Data workbooks and explorer tool based on incidents reported by NHS providers in England to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS).

Every six months we publish official statistics as a breakdown by NHS trust of the incidents reported to the NRLS.

The Organisation patient safety incident reports (OPSIR) provide data by NHS trust and gives NHS providers an easy-to-use summary of their current position on patient safety incidents reported to the NRLS. This includes information on patient safety incident reporting and the characteristics of their incidents.

The information in these reports should be used alongside other local patient safety intelligence and expertise, and supports the NHS to deliver improvements in patient safety.

As well as the OPSIR we also publish the National patient safety incident reports which set out the number of patient safety incidents reported to the NRLS from a national perspective and describe their patterns and trends.

Data workbooks and commentary (official statistics)

Create a summary based on an individual organisation using the NRLS explorer tool

Please note we have revised the format of summary reports created using the explorer tool to better assist NHS trust boards to understand and improve their organisation’s patient safety culture and reporting to the NRLS.

Data published before September 2016

Reports published prior to September 2016 are available on the NRLS website

Upcoming publication dates

  • 26 September 2018
  • 27 March 2019
  • 25 September 2019

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 did to address ‘rare and under-recognised’ safety issues identified through the NRLS and other sources.

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