Patient safety Patient safety is the avoidance of unintended or unexpected harm to people during the provision of health care

More than one million people use the NHS each day, and making sure they receive safe and reliable care is essential.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Evaluation of a personal protective equipment support programme for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic in London

Journal article
8 December 2020

An assessment of personal protective equipment programme supporting clinical staff in London during Covid-19 pandemic.

Today's data show COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on how people seek care

Press release
9 April 2020

Health Foundation response to NHS England performance statistics for March. 

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The role of organizational and professional cultures in medication safety

Journal article
10 December 2019

Professional cultures in medical safety.

'Hospital mergers increase death and harm'? Not so fast…

Working paper
November 2019

This paper examines the claims made in the CMA working paper on the impact of hospital competition on rates of patient harm in the English NHS

Harnessing data analytics to maximise NHS learning from patient safety incident reports

Improvement project

This project will develop and test analytical strategies to inform the design of quality improvement projects led by paediatric trainees.

Patient safety regulation in the NHS

Journal article
9 July 2019

Review of patient safety regulations in NHS.

Assessing risks to paediatric patients

Journal article
27 May 2019

A conversation analysis of situation awareness in huddle meetings in England.

Nudging more cost-effective medication use across NHS organisations

Research project

Project that will use behavioural insights methods to optimise health care workers’ medication prescribing and use choices, improve understanding of patient experience, and prioritise medication safet...

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