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NHS Improvement are developing a patient safety strategy for the NHS

NHS Improvement are developing proposals for a new national patient safety strategy to support the NHS to be the safest healthcare system in the world.

The strategy is being developed alongside the NHS Long Term Plan and will be relevant to all parts of the NHS, be that physical or mental health care, in or out of hospital and primary care.

In September 2018, the Secretary of State for Health announced that a “new national patient safety strategy will mean safety is cemented into our long-term plan for the NHS”. 1 Dr Aidan Fowler, NHS National Director of Patient Safety, confirmed that “Alongside the NHS’s Long Term Plan… we are developing and will be engaging on a strategy for patient safety, which will build on our foundations to make sure people receive the safest care possible...’’. 2 This consultation document describes NHS Improvement’s proposals for a national patient safety strategy. It is relevant to all parts of the NHS, be that physical or mental health care, in or out of hospital and primary care. While some measures are already underway, or represent an evolution of current work, some are new and wide-reaching. We want this strategy to reflect the views of the whole system, so we are seeking views from as many sources as possible.

Read the full consultation document here


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19 December 2018

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