Patient Safety

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Electronic Resources

The NHS subscribes to key healthcare databases, full text journals, e-books and more for its staff. To access these you need to have an Athens username and password. You can obtain one by self-registering at:

An Athens Self-Registration leaflet is available from the Education Centre Libraries at Good Hope, Heartlands, Solihull and Queen Elizabeth hospital

E-Books Collection

(Require Athens Registration)


Staff can access the following Patient Safety full text electronic journals through their Athens account from the ASK Discovery Tool

  • BMJ Quality and Safety

  • Briefings on Hospital Safety

  • Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety

  • Drug Safety**

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance

  • International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine

  • JAMA

  • Patient Safety in Surgery

  • Quality and Safety in Health Care


** Journals with embargoes

Useful Websites

This section lists some useful websites, organisations, professional bodies, and Patient information sites useful for Patient Safety professionals.

1000 Lives+ Wales

National improvement programme supporting organisations and individuals to deliver high quality and safe healthcare to Welsh citizens.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – Patient Safety and Medical Errors

This site highlights the toolkits, patient safety research and tips for hospitals to implement patient safety agenda. Users can sign up to email updates that highlight latest evidence.

ASHRM Patient Safety Portal: American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

Provides access to educational resources for risk managers including articles and webinars covering a variety of patient safety topics.

Clinical Key

Clinical Key enables searching from a single platform across eBooks, eJournals, procedural videos, drug information, patient information and images. Access via Athens.

Harm Free Care

Harm Free Care programme site, highlights useful case studies and step by step approaches for organisations to embed ‘harm free care’.


A targeted “current awareness” service for high impact documents in your area.

NHS Improvement

This website is a hub for patient safety improvement programmes and resources; how to guides; videos, case studies and resources developed by Patient Safety First campaign.

Patient Safety and Human Factors

Highlights RCNs programme of work on patient safety; provides updates on patient safety initiatives across UK and lists the resources and online learning available on patient safety.

Patient Safety– National Reporting and Learning System

Access patient safety  alerts; guides; feedback on reports received from various Trusts and clinicians; identify trends in patient safety and information on specific safety topics

Scottish Patient Safety Programme  Co-ordinated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, the programme directly promotes patient safety within NHS Scotland.

The Health Foundation 

Access publications about improving patient safety for individual health care workers as well as managers.

World Health Organisation: Patient Safety

Created to facilitate the development of patient safety policy and to act as a major force for patient safety improvement across the world.