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The NHS Safety Thermometer 10 Steps to Success Series!. Step 3 What is the NHS Safety Thermometer?. Journey so far: Nurse Sensitive Indicators, NHS Safety Thermometer & E4E. Design Principles.

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the nhs safety thermometer 10 steps to success series

The NHS Safety Thermometer10 Steps to Success Series!

Step 3

What is the

NHS Safety Thermometer?

design principles
Design Principles
  • The instrument must be patient focussed and measure harm free care (the absence of all four harms) as well as the individual harms.
  • The instrument must be clinically valid with pragmatic, clear operational definitions for each harm.
  • The instrument must be efficient; not take longer than 10 minutes per patient (preferably shorter) and fit within the daily work flow of frontline clinicians.
  • The instrument must be equitable and capable of being used wherever the patient is located (home, community or hospital setting)
  • The instrument must give a timely summary of results which can be used for teams in their improvement work
  • The data collected using the instrument must be easy to aggregate to show results at ward, organisation, region and national level.

Point Estimate

100% of appropriate patients surveyed on ONE day per month

Prevalence & Incidence

the nhs safety thermometer measuring harm free care at the point of care
The NHS Safety Thermometermeasuring ‘harmfreecare’ at the point of care
  • Measures patients that are ‘harm free’ at the point of care in a systematic way
  • Asks questions about four key outcomes:
    • Pressure ulcers
    • Falls
    • Urinary infection
    • VTE
  • Integrates measurement into daily routines
  • Supports improvements in patient care and patient experience
  • Prompts immediate actions by healthcare staff
  • Allows us to measure in any setting where care is being delivered
  • Available to all from

A call to action for frontline healthcare professionals Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust are one of 170 organisations that are currently using the NHS Safety Thermometer once per month to rapidly review the proportion of patients free from harm

harm free care

Absence of harm from