Three national workstreams form the backbone of the work of the Patient Safety programme.  The Patient Safety Measurement Unit supports workstreams to evidence improvement and assess impact by:

  • developing measurement frameworks and accompanying operational definitions,
  • data sourcing
  • interpretation
  • data management
  • analysis and visualisation

Click on the links below to learn more about measurement in each workstream, view associated data and, where relevant, complete your data collections


  • Deterioration

    Reduce avoidable harm and enhance the outcomes and experience of patients who are deteriorating across England through improved recognition, response and conversation. 

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  • Maternity and Neonatal

    A three-year programme to support improvement in the quality and safety of maternity and neonatal units across England.

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  • Medicine Safety

    The Medicines Safety Strategy is currently under review and when it is formally released the Patient Safety Measurement Unit will support the medicines safety workstream to evidence improvement and assess impact achieved

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  • Adoption and Spread

    The Patient Safety Measurement Unit supports the four adoption & spread work programmes to evidence improvement and assess impact achieved through the adoption of each of these clinically proven interventions.

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  • Underpinning Principles

    The Patient Safety workstreams are underpinned by three principles. The PSMU provides support for these principles by providing evidence that these are embedded across the programmes.

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