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.



Privileges to Edit Data:

To edit data, the user must have registered an account on with the Web tool and have had it activated. Check that the password reset email has not gone to your spam folder! You must be logged in to an account with administrator privileges to change a users' permissions!


  • Log into your admin account on the Safety Thermometer Website



  • Click the ‘Administration’ option on the right hand side


  • Click on the ‘Users’ tab to reveal the ‘User Management Page’

  • This will take you to the entire list of organisations registered. You will need to scroll down (or search using the ctrl f keys on your keyboard) for your organisation.


  • Click on your organisation name and it will 'open' to reveal a list of users with access. You can now click the ‘Add User’ button to add a new user.


  • Type in the user name and user email address you wish to add. This must match exactly the email address which the new user used to sign up for their account. If the user has NOT created an account before, this process will automatically create an account for them with the username as their email address, and the password as abc123


  • You can select the permission level at the bottom of the form. Click ‘Save New User’ and the user will be added to your organisation



  •  If the user already exists in our system, you will receive the following message:



  • Please check which is the correct email and then press 'update'.