Patient safety

The principles of the quality improvement – improving quality, measuring quality and setting standards for quality – are embedded in all of the RCP’s work. Key to improving quality is ensuring there are high standards of safety for all patients receiving medical treatment across the NHS.

What we are doing

The RCP produces a broad selection of resources for clinicians, commissioners, managers and trusts to help improve patient safety and drive up quality across the NHS. These include clinical audits, service accreditation, toolkits, clinical guidelines and many more.

The RCP's National Early Warning Score (NEWS) is available to download, as is it's Ward rounds in medicine: principles for best practice (jointly produced with the Royal College of Nursing).

The RCP's Patient Safety Committee was established in 2011 to improve the safety of patients receiving medical care funded by the NHS. It meets three times a year and comprises representatives from the RCP as well as from specialist societies and other royal colleges.

National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Death (NCEPOD) helps to improve standards of medical and surgical care for the benefit of the public by reviewing the management of patients, by undertaking confidential surveys and research. They regularly publish reports to help improve standards in patient care.

You can read their reports by visiting their website.

Further resources are available through the Health Foundation's Patient Safety Resource Centre.

What we have produced

The RCP has always put patient safety as an integral part of professionalism.  There is now an ambition for this to be explicit.

The RCP's position on 'second victims'.

The RCP's response to the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry ('Francis Inquiry').

The RCP has adopted a slightly modified form of the successful all-Wales e-prescribing chart, attached below, and we urge you to consider introducing it into your trust as part of the journey to e-prescribing.