The Patient Safety Division aims to identify and reduce risks to patients receiving NHS care and leads on national initiatives to improve patient safety.
Through the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS), the Patient Safety Division collects confidential reports of patient safety incidents from healthcare staff across England and Wales. Clinicians and safety experts help analyse these reports to identify common risks and opportunities to improve patient safety.
Feedback and guidance are provided to healthcare
organisations to improve patient safety. These include
alerts to address specific safety risks, tools to build a strong
safety culture and national initiatives in specific areas such
as hand hygiene, design, nutrition and cleaning.
The Patient Safety Division works closely with royal colleges, frontline staff and organisations, patient groups, strategic health
authorities, other NHS bodies, academic centres and
sectors beyond healthcare to promote patient safety.