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.

I've received the error message "The Application experience an internal error loading the SSL libraries" and it won’t open the document! What can I do?

This error is a very easy fix… use a different web browser!


Unfortunately, this stems for an error in an update in Windows Internet Explorer (IE) which won’t let your machine download the files.


"There are actually four different aspects to this issue, out of the box Office 2013 only supports the default SSL settings for whatever OS Office is running on.  So for Windows 7 Office 2013 requires TLS 1.0 or SSL3 to be supported on the server.  Windows 8.1 and Office 2013 SSL3, TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 are supported but the RC4 cipher suite is not supported."

But! By using a different Web browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari, you will be able to download and view the files on your machine. Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do to resolve this problem in IE other than keeping IE up to date. This issue will need to be fixed by Microsoft.