Other patient safety resources

GOING INTO HOSPITAL? : A Guide for Patients, Carers and Families  This book complements the principles behind ThinkSAFE, written by Professor Charles Vincent (Advisory Group member for ThinkSAFE), and colleagues Oliver Warren and Bryony Dean Franklin

'Safer Healthcare: Strategies for the Real World’ This book is published by Springer and, through the generous support of the Health Foundation, is freely available in electronic form.  The book is written by Professor Charles Vincent and René Amalberti.

Brief Summary: The authors have set out a system of safety strategies and interventions for managing patient safety on a day-to-day basis and improving safety over the long term. These strategies are applicable at all levels of the healthcare system from the frontline to the regulation and governance of the system.  There have been many advances in patient safety but we now need a new and broader vision that encompasses care throughout the patient’s journey. We argue that we need to see safety through the patient’s eyes, to consider how safety is managed in different contexts and to develop a wider strategic and practical vision in which patient safety is recast as the management of risk over time. We need to make more use of strategies concerned with detecting, controlling, managing and responding to risk. Strategies for managing safety in highly standardised and controlled environments are necessarily different from those in which clinicians constantly have to adapt and respond to changing circumstances.

Action against Medical Accidents(AvMA) is an independent charity, which promotes better patient safety and justice for people who have been affected by a medical accident. http://www.avma.org.uk/

The Patient.co.uk Support Directory indexes a huge range of websites, services & information for patients and carers www.patient.info/directory

Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) provides on the spot help and advice for patients and families when using the health service. www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1082.aspx?CategoryID=68

National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) is the world’s most comprehensive database of patient safety information. The NHS Commissioning Board Authority will utilise this information to analyse risk, drive learning and improve patient safety.  Healthcare organisations, patients and the public can use this resource to report patient safety incidents. www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/report-a-patient-safety- incident/patient-public-reporting