Key points

  • A learning environment is necessary to achieve the profound cultural change being asked of the NHS. There is a pivotal role for the government and NHS England in creating this.
  • A large-scale safety collaborative programme has the potential to provide benefit, but NHS England needs to strike the right balance between providing accountability and achieving genuine ownership from front-line teams.
  • The focus on measuring safety is welcome, but measures should be developed to assess the future risk of harm, not just the occurrence of past harm.
  • The government also needs to be clear how the publication of data will improve safety.

The focus of this briefing is on bridging the gap between the actions set out by the government in Hard Truths and their practical application by people working in the service.

We use the experience gained from our research and improvement programmes to suggest to policy makers how the continual reduction of harm can be achieved by measuring safety comprehensively and by building the capability of individuals, organisations and systems.

Further reading

Article

About the Francis Inquiry

Article

The Francis Inquiry report was published on 6 February 2013 and examined the causes of the failings...

You might also like...

Analysis

The NHS Long Term Plan and COVID-19

Analysis

Our assessment of progress against the main pledges in the NHS Long Term Plan and the impact of...

Press release

Almost £17bn needed to clear backlog and treat expected rise in patients needing NHS hospital care

Press release

New analysis from the Health Foundation’s REAL Centre sets out the scale of the challenge facing...

Press release

Figures highlight difficult juggling act facing the NHS as COVID cases remain high

Press release

Health Foundation response to the publication of NHS England's monthly performance statistics...

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101 copy

Get social

How can the government do things differently to #BuildBackBetter? @KMerrifieldTHF and @GNightingaleTHF take a look… https://t.co/IlXkbxJ5U1

Follow us on Twitter
Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

View current vacancies
Artboard 101 copy 2

The Q community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

Find out more