Place the quality of patient care, especially patient safety, above all other aims.

Berwick Review, 2013

Conversations to help people work safely

Suzette Woodward, on behalf of Sign up to Safety, has recorded a video, ‘Conversations to help people work safely’, that explains in under 10 minutes why this matters so much – the importance of talking to each other about working safely; conversations where people have a chance to speak, to be listened to, to feel heard and understood.

Sign up to safety link

Our joint project with Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG – Hydration in care homes project with a primary outcome to reduce Urinary Tract Infection admissions to hospital  has won 3 PrescQIPP (prescribing, Quality, Innovation, Prevention, Productivity) awards. These are NHS awards for innovation in medicines optimisation.  Read more here >>


Patient Safety Collaborative

The Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Annual Report 2017

Patient Safety Oxford

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



Programme Lead: Andrew Brent

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