7. June 2012 14:50
The NHS Commissioning Board Authority has taken on the key functions and expertise for patient safety from the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA).
The move is an attempt to drive patient safety to the heart of the NHS whilst improving standards of care.
The Board will use the NPSA’s database of patient safety information to identify and correct important safety issues.
Working across different sectors, the Commissioning Board Authority aims to utilise patient incident data to assess risk, improve learning and overall safety.
Despite the switch, healthcare organisations should continue to report any patient safety incidents to the NPSA.