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.

Version 1.3 - released 30 June 2014

  • Classic ST - Addition - Rollover help on survey form
  • Classic ST - Change - Changed wording : "collection" changed to "survey" throughout the Classic tool to match language used in Excel tool
  • Classic ST - Addition -Alert message pops up on the selection of old and new VTE Treatment
  • Classic ST - Change - updated all instances of "collection" for "Survey" - to be consistent with HSCIC excel tool
  • Classic ST - Change - Updated all Instances of "Ward" for "Ward/Team" to be consistent with HSCIC excel tool 
  • Classic - Change - added Headers to survey tables on the survey summary screen, removed "records" and "Updated:" from the rows to create more space for buttons.
  • Classic ST - Change - add table headers to ward/team survey summaries and removed "updated" and "records" from table rows
  • Classic ST - FIX - above change broke the export selection option to select the last survey fo r each ward/team updated the functions
  • Classic ST - FIX - Updated the Data Export Process for "selected surveys" the exported file is now generated in the following format:  
  • Classic ST - FIX - Updated the Data Export Process for "Submission Format" the exported file is now generated in the following format:  
    • STWebtoolExport_SubmissionFormat_(d-m-Y_H:m:s).xls
  • Classic ST - Addition - Survey level deletions - Admin level users can now delete entire surveys, the system also generates a transaction log for the Exports to HSCIC Formats. Non Admin users will see a note asking them to contact an administrator
  • Classic ST - Change -  Flag options update to include "N/A" option, Checkbox has been replaced with "togglable" icons: