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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.

Adding data on the app is a very simple process. You do not have to have internet access to take the survey, but you will need internet access to upload the surveys onto Web tool.

  • Open the app

  • Check the ‘New’ tab is selected under the colour header

  • Set the ward

  • Set date on the add data page MAKE SURE YOU ENTER THE CORRECT COLLECTION DATE for your data in the ‘Survey Date’ box at the top
  • Incorrect survey date could allocate your data to the wrong time period and could cause errors on submission!

  • Press ‘Begin Collection’

  • Tap the answer for each question
  • Press ‘Save’ in the top right

  • If you have not completed all of the question “Please complete all records” error message will pop up

  • Once completed a popup will ask “Record Saved, add another record?”

  • Press ‘Yes’ to add another record
  • Press ‘No’ to return to front page
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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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