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National Patient Safety Agency

Improving patient care

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) is part of the NHS. We were established in 2001 with a mandate to identify patient safety issues and find appropriate solutions.


We lead and contribute to improved, safe patient care by informing, supporting and influencing organisations and people working in the health sector.

As a result of the review of the Department of Health’s Arm’s Length Bodies undertaken in 2004, we were reformed with responsibility for three separate divisions, each with distinct functions:


  • Patient Safety 

    Aims to reduce risks to patients receiving NHS care and improve safety.


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