Developed for the NHS by the NHS as a point of care survey instrument, the NHS Safety Thermometer provides a ‘temperature check’ on harm that can be used alongside other measures of harm to measure local and system improvement. The NHS Safety Thermometer allows teams to measure harm and the proportion of patients that are ‘harm free’ during their working day, for example at shift handover or during ward rounds.
You can register to use the NHS Safety Thermometer with the Health and Social Care Information Centre who also provide a submission timetable and supporting guidance. An online data analysis tool is under development and is also available here.
To view the national and local data including dashboards, funnel plots and pareto analysis go to the Safety Thermometer website.
NHS Safety Thermometer CQUIN 2014/15
The NHS Safety Thermometer 2014/15 CQUIN guidance outlines a step-by-step process to help you understand your data, use it to set improvement goals and measure improvement over time. Only one change has been made to the CQUIN for 2014/15 as described in the frequently asked questions.
Background information on the concept of the tool can be found in Delivering the NHS Safety Thermometer CQUIN which gives more advice on how to implement the NHS Safety Thermometer.
Several other resources are available to support you in implementing the Safety Thermometer, setting improvement goals and analysing your data.