Mental Health

The Mental Health Safety Thermometer is a national tool that has been designed to measure commonly occurring harms in people that engage with mental health services.  It’s a point of care survey that is carried out a single day each month which supports improvements in patient care and patient experience, prompts immediate actions by healthcare staff and integrates measurement for improvement into daily routines.

It enables teams to measure harm and the proportion of patients that are 'harm free' from: self-harm, psychological safety, violence and aggression, omissions of medication and restraint (inpatients only).

The tool was developed by a community of users who iteratively tested the tool to ensure it is quick and easy to use and gives useful information which can be used for local improvement.  Further guidance on the use of the tool is available above.