While the survey shows some improvements in percentage terms in responses specific questions around safety issues, this progress needs to be situated in the context of the overall size of the NHS and persistence of the systemic patient safety challenge we face.
So for instance, 59.7% of staff said that their organisation treats staff who are involved in an error, near miss or incident fairly, which is up on 52.2% in 2015. However due to the number of survey respondents (569,440) this still means in practice that more than 200,000 of those surveyed feel their organisation does not treat fairly staff involved in a error, near miss or incident. Even taking account of the improvement, this clearly cannot be seen as an endorsement of a NHS culture where staff can feel safe and secure in reporting concerns.
You can find the full Patient Safety Learning blog looking at the responses that relate to the ‘Safety culture’ theme in the survey here.