The NHS Safety Thermometer has been up and running for more than 8 years! In that time we have collectively surveyed more than 10 million patients and created a national safety database to be proud of. As you will be aware, the primary purpose of the NHS Safety Thermometer was to be a tool to support and help drive local improvement initiatives involving common harms. Evidence from a wide range of sources, including academic reviews, local analyses and from our own experience have shown that there is considerable variation in how organisations actually use the data from the NHS Safety Thermometer.

Given the longevity of the NHS Safety Thermometer tools and the known variation in use of the data, we felt the time was right to undertake a strategic review of the NHS Safety Thermometer. This will provide us with a deeper understanding of its value, but also enable local and national stakeholders to have their say. We are doing this work through a series of surveys of NHS Safety Thermometer users and wider stakeholders. Wherever possible, to reduce ‘survey fatigue’ we have incorporated the review questions into existing surveys.

Data from surveys will be aggregated and thematically analysed to inform conclusions and recommendations. The final report from this review will made available in the Autumn of 2018 via this site. On publication of the report, all data from surveys will be destroyed. If you would like any further information about the review and our approach, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.