Choose one of the 5 Thermometers to begin

Classic Thermometer Medication Thermometer Mental Health Thermometer Maternity Thermometer Youth Thermometer

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.

  • Navigate to the thermometer you need. Please note that the Next Gen Thermometers (Medication, Mental Health, Maternity, C&YPS) have the SAME Submission Schedule.



  • Click 'Submission Schedule' on the right hand side of the navigation bar.


  • You will now see the interactive submission's calendar. You can navigate via month and hover over the marked dates to show the event.



To Download the Submission Schedule

  • Click 'Subscribe / Export Events'.



  • Click 'Generate Export'.


  • You can now choose whether to download the 'static' calendar or subscribe to the 'dynamic' calendar. The difference is, the 'dynamic' calendar will (so long as you are connected to the internet) automatically update your outlook calendar if and when the Safety Thermometer calendar changes, for example adding WebEx dates or other training events. The Public calendar is events that anyone can see and the private calendar is only available if you are logged into the Safety Thermometer website.



  • Click which calendar you would like to use (this guide will so the 'dynamic' calendar).



  • A pop will ask do you wish to open the calendar. Click 'Open URL: Add Internet Calendar'.



  • This will now open your version of Outlook and ask do you wish to add calendar and subscribe to updates. Click 'Yes'.



  • It will then process and download the calendar. Then open the calendar next to your normal calendar. It will automatically save as index but you can rename this by right clicking the title and clicking 'Rename Calendar'.


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Delivering ‘harm free’ care to each and every patient.

The ‘harm free’ care programme is ambitious yet simple. Stop dealing with safety issues in silos, think about complications from the patient’s perspective and aim for the absence of all harm to each and every patient.

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“Safety Thermometer provides a ‘temperature check’ on harm that can be used alongside other measures of harm to measure local and system progress in providing a care environment free of harm for our patients.”
Dr Sarah Sample
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Safety Thermometer User Feedback Survey

The NHS Safety Thermometer has been up and running for more than 8 years! In that time we have collectively surveyed more than 10 milliion patients and created the largest national safety database in the world!

We are always striving for improvement; your feedback is invaluable to us in ensuring we deliver the best possible service to our users. We would be grateful if you could provide some feedback on your use of the NHS Safety Thermometer.

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