Patient safety is about maximising the things that go right and minimising the things that go wrong. It is integral to the NHS’ definition of quality in healthcare, alongside effectiveness and patient experience.
This strategy sets out what the NHS will do to achieve its vision to continuously improve patient safety.
A summary of the results of the consultation held December 2018 to February 2019 on proposals for a patient safety strategy.
Under the Equality Act 2010 (the public sector equality duty) we have analysed the potential impact of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy on health equality and on groups with protected characteristics.
It is human to make mistakes so we, the NHS, need to continuously reduce the potential for error by learning and acting when things go wrong. In this spirit, we will report progress against this strategy annually and update it as needed.
An easy-read version of the strategy will be available shortly.
Key components of the strategy
Developing the strategy
Between December 2018 and February 2019 we held a consultation on our original set of ideas for a national patient safety strategy for the NHS.
We received 527 contributions from organisations and individuals (staff, patients and carers), and attended stakeholder meetings and engagement events. We also held workshops with staff, patients and senior leaders across the country and hosted online discussions. See Annex 1 above for a summary of the results of the consultation.
You can also view our original proposals and the online consultation questions in our consultation discussion document.