It has been 20 years since the report An Organisation With A Memory drew attention to the problem of adverse health events in the NHS. Since then, patient safety has blossomed as an explicit policy focus of the NHS (and other health systems worldwide), bringing with it new regulatory and organisational arrangements, safety campaigns, reporting and alerting systems, and other measures intended to enshrine patient safety at the heart of health care.
At this juncture, it is useful to reflect on developments over the past few decades. The following timeline has been put together by myself, historian Christopher Sirrs, as part of the Wellcome Trust project 'Hazardous Hospitals: Cultures of Safety in NHS General Hospitals, c.1960-Present.' Members of the Patient Safety Learning hub are invited to comment or reflect on the timeline, highlighting innovative safety campaigns, research projects, or other initiatives which have promoted patient safety in the UK.
More broadly, the project is interested to hear from anyone with direct experience of promoting safety in NHS hospitals, such as patient safety managers, clinical risk managers, or members of official bodies. Further details can be found on the project website.