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NPSA Chief Executive welcomes Patient Safety First Week

Friday 18 September 2009


The Chief Executive of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has welcomed a patient safety awareness week that aims to make patient safety the top priority across the NHS.


Martin Fletcher said Patient Safety First Week, which starts next Monday (21 September), will raise awareness and celebrate the successes of more than 280 NHS trusts across England who are actively engaged in work to reduce avoidable harm to patients.


The initiative is overseen by the Patient Safety First campaign which the NPSA sponsors, in partnership with the Health Foundation and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.


Mr Fletcher said: “I welcome Patient Safety First Week as an opportunity to highlight patient safety as a priority for everyone across the health service.


"All NHS organisations and their teams of dedicated staff strive to deliver the best and safest healthcare to patients.  Strong local leadership is a vital component for providing the best and safest patient care possible.”


Mr Fletcher added:  “It's great to see that so many organisations have pledged their support to Patient Safety First Week."


As part of Patient Safety First Week, the NPSA will be hosting a series of consultation workshops aimed at refreshing guidance and tools for frontline staff in being open with patients and their families when things go wrong.


In addition, the NPSA will be hosting a series of web seminars to clinicians including one about improving patient safety in general practice.


For more information about Patient Safety First Week, visit www.patientsafetyfirst.nhs.uk






Notes to Editors:


  1. Media enquiries to the NPSA Press Office:

Simon Morgan (Senior Media Manager) – 020 7927 9580 simon.morgan@npsa.nhs.uk


  1. The National Patient Safety Agency is an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health. It encompasses three divisions; the National Research Ethics Service, the National Reporting and Learning Service and the National Clinical Assessment Service. Each has its own sphere of expertise to improve patient outcomes. The NPSA’s vision is to lead and contribute to improved, safe patient care by informing, supporting and influencing healthcare individuals and organisations. For more information visit: www.npsa.nhs.uk.