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NHS trusts can now compare ward safety records online

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Acute NHS trusts can now measure how their ward and team patient safety levels match up against each other within their trust via external online checklist.

The Patient Safety First campaign sponsored by the National Patient Safety Agency, the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and the Health Foundation aims to get all acute trusts signed up to a register to measure the level harm in their wards and help staff track improvements.

Trusts can now register and measure themselves on the campaign's website and will be alerted to the rate of avoidable harm for different wards and teams within their trust.

Mike Davidge, Patient Safety First campaign lead, said: ‘By fully implementing the clinical interventions promoted by the campaign trusts will reduce unavoidable harm. But trusts won’t know how well they are doing without measuring their own local aims on a regular basis.’

The campaign was launched earlier this year at the NHS Confederation annual conference.

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  • They say that any publicity is good publicity but in this case I'm not so sure. The web-based reporting tool mentioned in the article is designed for Trusts to track their own improvement over time. The Patient Safety First campaign does not recommend its use for comparison with others. To understand how this approach to measurement differs from more traditional ways of measuring, see the Measurement Guide on the campaign website at www.patientsafetyfirst.nhs.uk

    Mike Davidge
    Measurement Lead
    Patient Safety First

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