Patient safety Patient safety is the avoidance of unintended or unexpected harm to people during the provision of health care

More than one million people use the NHS each day, and making sure they receive safe and reliable care is essential.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Today's data show COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on how people seek care

Press release
9 April 2020

Health Foundation response to NHS England performance statistics for March. 

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High quality evidence, practical tools and resources designed to help those seeking to improve the quality, safety and person-centredness of health care.

'Hospital mergers increase death and harm'? Not so fast…

Working paper
November 2019

This paper examines the claims made in the CMA working paper on the impact of hospital competition on rates of patient harm in the English NHS

Harnessing data analytics to maximise NHS learning from patient safety incident reports

Improvement project

This project will develop and test analytical strategies to inform the design of quality improvement projects led by paediatric trainees.

Nudging more cost-effective medication use across NHS organisations

Research project

Project that will use behavioural insights methods to optimise health care workers’ medication prescribing and use choices, improve understanding of patient experience, and prioritise medication safet...

International Forum on Quality and Safety in Health care

27 March 2019

The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is an annual gathering of health care professionals in quality improvement and patient safety.

A deeply concerning picture of the state of screening programmes in England

Press release
31 January 2019

The Health Foundation responds to the National Audit Office’s investigation into the management of health screening.

Empowering prescribers to empower patients and fellow professionals: a novel approach to safe, person-centred practice

Improvement project

This project is aiming to improve the experiences of inpatients on insulin and the education of foundation trainees.

Professional wellbeing: Effective management of staff fatigue during the night shift

Improvement project

This project will involve co-designing a fatigue risk management strategy to help teams effectively manage night shift fatigue.

One year on – reflections from the Berwick advisory group

Newsletter feature
30 August 2018

The Berwick advisory group was set up in 2013 to support Professor Don Berwick to review patient safety in the NHS in England, following the publication of the Francis Inquiry. We asked members of the...

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