The NHS Safety Thermometer is a local improvement tool for measuring, monitoring and analysing patient harms and ‘harm free’ care. Throughout 2011, the QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) Safe Care coalition and over 160 NHS provider organisations developed and tested the NHS Safety Thermometer. The tool measures four high-volume patient safety issues (pressure ulcers, falls in care, urinary infection (in patients with a catheter) and treatment for venous thromboembolism). This web-area is designed to provide guidance and support to help you and your organisation successfully roll-out Safety Thermometer.
This link to the harm free care website contains many other useful resources to help organisations achieve harm free care. There are tools to help you build a good team for the harm free care initiative, an area to read case studies and experiences of organisations to share best practice with and you can also upload your own. There are learning sessions and educational PowerPoint’s and videos along with a range of internet and downloadable resources to supplement your own knowledge.
The tool and surrounding information –
Background on the tool –
User Guide for the tool –
Help and Guidance forum -
The 10 steps to success!
Upcoming training and webinars
On 18th July from 2pm-3pm there will be a web seminar on the topic of Safety Thermometer in a community setting.
The web seminar, delivered by community teams, will explore some of the challenges and successes community nurses faced during early implementation of the safety thermometer. There will be an opportunity for you to learn practical skills and discuss ways of implementing the safety thermometer together with raising questions about any particular issues you have encountered in this area. To retrieve dial in details for this web seminar please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For any questions please send an email to email@example.com and we will deal with your query as soon as possible.