Improving Patient Safety

Improving Patient Safety

Salford Royal hosts the NHS Safety Thermometer which provides a quick and simple way for the NHS to survey patient harms and analyse results.

Participants worked towards delivering ‘harm free’ care as defined by:

  • the absence of pressure ulcers
  • harm from falls
  • urine infections (in patients with a catheter)
  • treatment for new VTE

Our impact

The 2012-13 CQUIN scheme resulted in national measures of the 4 harms across care settings. Since April 2012 over 2 million NHS patients have been proactively reviewed by frontline clinical staff for harm. The data are submitted to the Health and Social Care Information Centre and published monthly. The 2013-14 national CQUIN scheme will reward organisations who deliver improvements in pressure ulcers, measured by the NHS Safety Thermometer.


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