Healthcare brings great benefits – but all investigations and treatments also carry some risk. Failures and errors sometimes occur in bringing care to people.
Studies throughout the world have shown that many patients experience some kind of harmful event during their care and that these can be serious.
Safety is relevant to every aspect of healthcare – in hospital, community, primary care and, not least, in our homes. Our aspiration is to make healthcare as safe as it can be.
Improving safety requires many different kinds of intervention including improved training for frontline staff, new technologies, enhanced team working, all underpinned by a commitment to openness and reflection on problems when they occur.
Patient safety is a key theme underpinning the work of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network which covers a region of 3 million people. This website highlights the patient safety priorities of the Oxford AHSN and its partners in the NHS.
Our clinical safety programmes