Our Safer Patients Initiative ran from 2004–2008. It was set up to test practical ways of improving hospital safety and to demonstrate what can be achieved through an organisation-wide approach to patient safety.
While the majority of people are treated without incident, it is estimated that one in 10 people admitted to hospital in the UK will experience some sort of harm during their stay. In nearly every case the problem is caused by unreliable healthcare systems and processes. To find out how the programme has been working at various sites, we commissioned a number of case studies.