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.

Further reading

Learning report

Safer Patients Initiative

February 2011

An overview and evaluation of the Safer Patients Initiative, highlighting the impact of the...

Research report

Safer Patients Initiative: Phase 1

February 2011

Mixed-method evaluation of a large-scale organisational intervention to improve patient safety in...

Research report

Safer Patients Initiative: Phase 2

February 2011

A controlled evaluation of the second phase of a complex patient safety intervention implemented in...

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