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.

If you are having issues with playing embedded YouTube video’s in Chrome whilst looking at certain sites, then as The Joker would say, It’s simple, we kill the cache.


I first noticed this last week but never got around to fixing it as I could just opt to watch the video on the main YouTube site instead. The issue didn’t happen in Firefox or IE.

Then this evening I was reading an article that had about 10 or so embedded videos, so figured it was time to fix it. Here’s how and it should only take you a few seconds to do:

Example of  embedded video not working in Chrome (basically it just stops as soon as you start to play it)


Note: I am using the latest stable build of Chrome


First, select the Options icon located at the top right-hand corner of your browser


Settings button in Chrome

Next, select Settings

settings link in chrome


Scroll down to where you will see the link that says +Show advanced settings and select it


show advanced settings


In this window, you will see a drop-down options window. Choose The beginning of time. Check the four top boxes (these are checked by default and then hit Clear browsing data


clear cookies in chrome

Restart your browser and you should be good to go. All we did here was to delete the cache that Chrome stores over time. Hopefully Google will fix this is the next update.

Works again:


If you have Google Chrome remember your passwords, then selecting the boxes in the last step won’t delete these. Unless of course you want to delete your password as well, then just check the relating box as well.

If this doesn’t work then Nikia in the comments has found another workaround that involves unchecking Use hardware acceleration when available. To do this, head back into the Advanced Settings area of Chrome, and uncheck the particular box as shown below. Thanks Nikia for the tip.


Hardware acceleration chrome