Patient safety

Patient safety is the prevention of errors and adverse effects associated with healthcare.

What we are doing

At the RCP we are committed to ensuring that there are high standards of safety for all patients receiving medical treatment across the NHS. The RCP patient safety strategy seeks to make safety an integral part of professionalism and provides practical tools to support this.

What we have produced

Supporting junior doctors in safe prescribing is a new guide for supporting junior doctors when prescribing in hospitals, built on published evidence and best practice. 

The RCP's Patient Safety Committee, established in 2011, meets 3 times a year and comprises of representatives from the RCP as well as from specialist societies and other royal colleges. 

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.

A collection of patient safety resources including national alerts, videos and blog articles.