New patient safety training materials

Details of the new patient safety training materials to be completed by NHS employees to ensure health and care services are as safe as possible.

10 November 2021

Patient safety training materials have been published by Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Improvement, The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and elearning for healthcare, elements of which are expected to be completed by NHS employees, even those in roles which are not patient-facing. Completion of the training will help to ensure health and care services are as safe as possible for patients and service users.

The training has five levels that build on each other. The first two levels, essentials for patient safety and access to practice, are available now.

  • Essentials for patient safety is the first level and all NHS staff are encouraged to complete it.
  • Access to practice is the second level and is intended for those who have an interest in understanding more about patient safety and those who want to go on to access the higher levels of training.

The training has been devised following the publication of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy which contains a patient safety syllabus. The syllabus sets out a new approach to patient safety, emphasising a proactive approach to identifying risks to safe care while also including systems thinking and human factors, all of which has been incorporated into the training.

The training materials can be found on the elearning for healthcare hub.

Levels three to five of the training are expected to be available by the end of March 2022.