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

Berwick Review, 2013

Why did you join the Q community?

Over 60 people attended our Oxford Q Community Welcome Event on 31 January 2018 for new and founding Q members. The thought line for the day was welcome, connect and start to think  about improvement differently.  Read more here.


Improving communication at handover reduces retained swabs

A quality improvement project undertaken in partnership with Oxford AHSN and Oxford University Hospitals maternity services to improve outcomes for women and reduce harm.  Over 2 years incident free from never events and near misses have reduced from 33% – 1%.  Published paper on the project now available via open access.

Thanks to the dedicated staff within maternity at OUH who work tirelessly to provide safer care for women.


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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