19 Jul 2019

NHS England and NHS Improvement have published the first ever national patient safety strategy to support NHS staff and organisations to ensure wherever NHS care is delivered, it is provided in the safest possible way.

New national patient safety strategy for the NHS

NHS England and NHS Improvement have published the first ever national patient safety strategy to support NHS staff and organisations to ensure wherever NHS care is delivered, from GP practices to hospitals and in the community, that it is provided in the safest possible way.

The strategy sets a vision of continuous safety improvement, underpinned by a safety culture and effective safety systems. Its strategic aims commit to a series of actions to support the NHS to save more lives and the costs associated with patient safety incidents.

The strategy emphasises the need to support staff and look at systems rather than blaming individuals when incidents occur. Key features include a safety syllabus and training for all staff, a requirement for all NHS organisations to identify a specialist to lead on patient safety, a new national incident management system, the involvement of patients and a national patient safety improvement programme.

Lisa Ellis, Chief Nurse and Director of Quality at NHS St Helens CCG, said: 

"Patient safety is about maximising the things that go right and minimising the things that go wrong for people experiencing healthcare. It is integral to the NHS’s definition of quality in healthcare, alongside effectiveness and patient experience. This strategy describes how the NHS will continuously improve patient safety over the next five to ten years.

"This strategy sits alongside the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) and the LTP implementation framework and gives us a drive and opportunity to revise what we already have in place. Elements of this plan will feature highly in a refreshed version of the CCG quality strategy. The quality committee within the CCG will ensure we deliver our commitments within this strategy as we continually strive for improvements."

You can find out more about the strategy and download a copy via the NHS Improvement website