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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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.
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.
The National Patient Safety Agency has recognised drug administration error as a significant threat to patient safety and has pioneered a number of major projects including 'Design for patient safety', a guide to labelling and packaging of injectable medicines (NPSA 2008) and a novel study looking at double-checking injectable anaesthetic drugs versus barcoding technology (NPSA 2009).
The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)--an arm's length body of the Doll that contributes to patient care--has issued a rapid response report on preventing delays to follow-up appointments for patients with glaucoma.
The UK National Health Service, a system that bears many similarities to our own health care system, has recently moved the highly organized National Research Ethics Service (NRES) into a very interesting partnership with the National Patient Safety Agency, an Agency that "leads and contributes to improved, safe patient care by informing, supporting and influencing the health sector.

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