Organisations should no longer collect ‘classic’ or ‘next generation (Medication, Mental Health, Maternity and C&YPS)’ Safety Thermometer data or submit it to the Safety Thermometer portal. Information on replacement metrics drawn from routinely collected data can be found on the Patient Safety Measurement Unit webpage.

The Safety Thermometer, launched in 2010, was one of the largest and longest-lasting data collection exercises in NHS history. It had a powerful impact in its early years. But more recent evaluations, research and feedback have shown that the data was incomplete, and it was no longer able to support improvement in the intended way. Because of this, new data sources were explored that could take the burden of data collection away from clinical staff and support new improvement initiatives. Ending the Safety Thermometer were publicly consulted on in 2019/20 as part of proposed changes to the NHS Standard Contract. The response supported ending the national collection of Safety Thermometer data from April 2020, and using alternative data sources to continue improving pressure ulcer prevention, falls prevention, VTE prevention and prevention of healthcare-associated infection.

All data collection for the ‘classic’ Safety Thermometer and the ‘next generation’ Safety Thermometers will therefore stop after March 2020. Plans for nationally-produced replacement data to support improvement drawn from routinely collected sources will be provided or signposted on the NHS England and NHS Improvement Patient Safety Measurement Unit webpage as soon as possible.

The Classic data-set is now published onto this website. Each monthly data set contains 4 files :

  • Viewer tool
  • Harms Tables
  • Raw data file- ST format
  • Raw data file - Zipped Human readable !

These can be found by one of two routes.

Classic → Collect Data → Download Published data → MONTH

OR

Classic → Analyse Data → Data Download → MONTH

Please note, that you do not need to be logged in for the second route.

To use the Tool: you must have Microsoft Excel 2007 or later and you must save the tool to your computer.

To use the Data Quality Report: you must have MS Excel 2003 or later and you must save the Report to your computer.

The Harm Tables contain tables of all the data in the national tool summarised at organisational level. This file requires Microsoft Excel 2003 or later.

The Survey-level Export and Patient-level Export contain a copy of all the data in the national tool. These files require Microsoft Excel 2007 or later.

 

These files should be available within a fortnight after the submission date - Please keep checking the website for the published data-set.