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Transfer of Patient Safety function to the NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority

Thursday 31 May 2012


On Friday 1 June 2012 the key functions and expertise for patient safety developed by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) transfer to the NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority (the Board Authority). This ensures that patient safety is at the heart of the NHS and builds on the learning and expertise developed by the NPSA, driving patient safety improvement.


The Board Authority will harness the power of the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS), the world’s most comprehensive database of patient safety information, to identify and tackle important patient safety issues at their root cause.


Healthcare organisations should continue to report patient safety incidents to the NRLS. Working across sectors the NHS Commissioning Board Authority will utilise patient safety incident data to analyse risk, drive learning and improve patient safety.


The Patient Safety website continues to offer key information, guidance, tools and alerts. 


The NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority website has more information about the Board Authority.