Patient safety measurement unit

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The Patient Safety Measurement Unit (PSMU) supports the delivery and success of our national patient safety improvement programmes, such as the Patient Safety Collaborative.

The PSMU acts/operates as a central resource to collect and analyse data that is used to address the challenge of effectively measuring improvement. We will assess how we are making a difference and share our learnings and successes.

How will we measure patient safety improvement?

The PSMU will:

  • measure improvement over time to show change and impact 
  • make measures easier to use and interpret 
  • work towards a balanced set of measurements, incorporating safety and quality 
  • include measurement of engagement and collaboration 
  • provide insight into the impact of our improvement programmes and helps identify opportunities and priorities for future improvement

What will we do with what we learn?

    As a result of this measurement, we will:
    • assess the impact of the improvement programmes, reporting progress through analysis of national and regional data 
    • support key areas and topics of the improvement programmes to develop effective measurement plans and analyse and interpret their data
    • work with regional PSCs to develop local skills in measurement for improvement and provide support through central data collection and analysis
    • maintain and develop the existing five NHS Safety Thermometers
    • contribute to the wider development of patient safety, trial new approaches and work with academic and other partners  

    If you have questions about what the PSMU does, or how it could help your work in patient safety improvement, please get in touch patientsafety.enquiries@nhs.net.

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