Which Safety Thermometer Are You Using?

 

Organisations should no longer collect ‘classic’ or ‘next generation (Medication, Mental Health, Maternity and C&YPS)’ Safety Thermometer data or submit it to the Safety Thermometer portal. Information on replacement metrics drawn from routinely collected data can be found on the Patient Safety Measurement Unit webpage.

The Safety Thermometer, launched in 2010, was one of the largest and longest-lasting data collection exercises in NHS history. It had a powerful impact in its early years. But more recent evaluations, research and feedback have shown that the data was incomplete, and it was no longer able to support improvement in the intended way. Because of this, new data sources were explored that could take the burden of data collection away from clinical staff and support new improvement initiatives. Ending the Safety Thermometer were publicly consulted on in 2019/20 as part of proposed changes to the NHS Standard Contract. The response supported ending the national collection of Safety Thermometer data from April 2020, and using alternative data sources to continue improving pressure ulcer prevention, falls prevention, VTE prevention and prevention of healthcare-associated infection.

All data collection for the ‘classic’ Safety Thermometer and the ‘next generation’ Safety Thermometers will therefore stop after March 2020. Plans for nationally-produced replacement data to support improvement drawn from routinely collected sources will be provided or signposted on the NHS England and NHS Improvement Patient Safety Measurement Unit webpage as soon as possible.

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These guides have been written to help you get started and set up as new user. If you need additional help, you can always email the help desk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

As an Administrator, you will have more control over how your Organisation is able to use the Safety Thermometer Web tool. Here you will find guides to help you be able to add, edit and remove users, add, edit and remove wards or teams and amended surveys - including deleting records and surveys.

 

 

In this section you will find the all of the guides to help you submit data to the Safety Thermometer. At the top of each guide you will have the option to select which thermometer you use. This does not affect the text content, but changes the visual aides to the correct thermometer.

 

 

This section will help you with the 5 IOS Safety Thermometer Apps. Please note that we do not have a Windows app at this time. At the top of each guide you will have the option to select which thermometer you use. This does not affect the text content, but changes the visual aides to the correct thermometer.

 

 

Downloading the data you need from the web tool has never been easier. Although due to changes in our information governance policy we are no longer creating the excel dashboard download, these guides will help you access the same information from the live website and even create your own personalised dashboards.

 


Set Up

 

See the below list for all of our user guides to help you get set up and make changes to your account.

 

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Administrators

 

See the below list for all of our user guides for administrator access users. These will help you set up and make changes to your organisation, and edit data collections.

 

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Data Collection

 

See the below list for all of our user guides to help you with the technical aspects of the data collection tool.

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Apps

 

See the below list for all of our user guides to help you get set up and use the Safety Thermometer Apps.

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Export

 

See the below list for all of our user guides to help export the charts and data from the Safety Thermometer.

 

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