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The NHS has prioritised patient safety incident reporting for many years. Its own 2019 Patient Safety Strategy tells us that by focusing on Insight, Involvement, and Improvement, almost 1,000 extra lives could be saved along with a reduction of £100 million in care costs each year from 2023/24. But in secondary care, reality has not yet matched its ambition.
For a snapshot of where we are today, we commissioned research into incident reporting by hospital ward nursing staff.
The results show the NHS reporting culture has made great strides, with nurses taking reporting seriously and most believing that their reports do lead to better safety outcomes. But our research also found that there is still much work to do, e.g., making it easier to report and to show nurses that their reports are taken seriously.