National Patient Safety Agency


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National Patient Safety Agency

A non-departmental public body (arm’s length body, quango) of the UK Department of Health (DH) created in 2001 by the DH document Building a Safer NHS for Patients. The NPSA contributes to improved, safe patient care by informing, supporting and influencing organisations and people working in the health sector, providing a non-punitive and anonymous reporting and learning system for patient-related adverse events, near misses and medical errors. The NPSA also commissions and monitors:
• National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness;
• Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health;
• National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death.
 
From the moment it began, the NPSA consistently underperformed due to poor leadership, which was coupled with ineffective oversight. It was castigated by the Public Accounts Committee in 2006 for providing poor value for money.

National Patient Safety Agency divisions
National Reporting and Learning Service
Aims to reduce risks to patients receiving NHS care and improve safety.

National Clinical Assessment Service 
Supports the resolution of concerns about the performance of individual clinical practitioners to help ensure their practices are safe and valued.

National Research Ethics Service
Protects the rights, safety, dignity and well-being of research participants who are part of clinical trials and other research within the NHS.
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National Patient Safety Agency 2009 Patient safety alert WHO Surgical Safety Checklist Available from: www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/type/alerts/?entryid4 5=59860&p=2 [Accessed September 2011]
Figures released by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) show there were more than 150 avoidable deaths in hospitals across Wales from October 1, 2009 - March 31, 2011, with the North Wales health board topping the table with 41 deaths, followed by Hywel Dda on 29.
The National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS), part of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), received 1,020 referrals requesting advice in 2010/11, a 5% rise on the previous year.
Presented alphabetically, about 300 drugs are covered, with information on pre-treatment checks, dosing, preparation and routes of administration, compatibility and stability, monitoring requirements during treatment, side effects, interactions, pharmacokinetics, action in case of overdose, counseling, and risk ratings based on the UK's National Patient Safety Agency tool for risk assessment.
In 2007, the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) published a guide to the graphic design of medication packaging and followed with another in 2008 targeting injectable medicines.
Sir Liam now chairs the National Patient Safety Agency, a soon-to-be abolished Government quango body dedicated to improving patient care.
However, figures released by the National Patient Safety Agency show the number of deaths resulting from serious incidents in Teesside hospitals fell in the last year.
Damages paid by the NHS for "wrong site" surgery had reached about pounds 1million a year before recommendations from the National Patient Safety Agency in 2005.
They include the National Patient Safety Agency which studies medical accidents and "near misses" to spot doctors' mistakes.
(1.) National Patient Safety Agency. Minimising Risks of Suprapubic Catheter Insertion http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/type/ alerts/?entryid45=61917
St Helens and Knowsley chiefs insisted in that time period the National Patient Safety Agency failed to deal with the Trust's submitted data due to two incompatible computer systems leading Dr Foster to conclude it was under reporting and therefore lacking focus on patient safety.

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