NHS Safety Thermometer:
Measure Patient Safety and Prevent Patient Harm

Medical Audits promotes the quality improvement cycle

Medical Audits Quality and Safety Bundle includes the Full NHS Safety Thermometer to facilitate easy collection of the data and automated upload directly into the NHS Safety Thermometer data entry tool.
As with all Medical Audit systems, the data is available in real time on the audit devices AND on up to the minute digital dashboards, providing staff with feedback as soon as the audit is completed.

The NHS Safety Thermometer was designed in collaboration with over 160 different healthcare providers in the UK with the goal of developing a local improvement tool for ‘measuring, monitoring and analysing patient harms and ‘harm free’ care.

The NHS Patient Safety Thermometer is basically a a 'temperature check' or a snap shot in time to measure the proportion of patients who are 'harm free'. Of course the Safety Thermometer tool also measures four of the basic types of ways patients can be harmed in their interactions with Healthcare. These measures of harm include number of old pressure ulcers, number of new pressure ulcers, number of patient falls where the patient sustained a harm, number of patients who developed a venous thromboembolism and number of patients treated for urinary tract infections who have urinary catheters.

This standardised system of measurement provides the opportunity for all organisations where care is delivered to benchmark against each other in a meaningful, standardised way.

The collection of Safety Thermometer data is very worthwhile and has driven improvements in patient care. However the man hours associated with the data collection, follow up of missing data, cross reference of bed numbers and data entry are huge.



Medical Audits Safety Thermometer Tool is designed to ensure data collectors do not miss key information.


The data is entered once and only once avoiding double data entry completely.


You can be sure all your beds are accounted for and submit your monthly data to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) efficiently and with minimal staff man hours.


By streamlining processes and using technology to assist with data collection, resources can be allocated to increase time to care.


Safety Thermometer classic tool allows staff to measure harm and record the proportion of Harm Free Care they have delivered

This template gives nurses a standardised way of checking the standard of the basic care they provide and also provide them with an indication of where things are going wrong and patients being harmed as a result.

The Safety Thermometer measurement tool is the recommended auditing tool for measuring pressure ulcers as part of the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) payment programme.

NHS Safety Thermometer involves measuring a number of very specific patient outcomes designed to assess the harm to patients.

This front line audit tool has been key to reducing numbers of pressure ulcer by 42% and blood clots by 72% according to a study carried out by the NHS last year.

The data is collected on 1 day per month, auditing as many patients as possible – aiming for 100%.
These include:

The Department of Health has published lots of guidance and definition documents to assist hospitals in completing the Safety Thermometer return accurately. These are available on the NHS Safety Thermometer web site.

The audit involves going to every bed and then checking the patient and their file to see if they have been harmed in the previous 72 hrs

Medical Audits Safety Thermometer data collection tool facilitates this point of care audit with bespoke developed mobile auditing systems that use the most up to date technology to provide seamless auditing and reporting so you can measure and monitor the care provided and put interventions in place to reduce patient harm.

Using Medical Audits Technology System to capture the safety thermometer data saves hours of time double entering data and makes the audit process faster and more efficient.

Related Auditing Systems from Medical Audits

Safety Thermometer

Integrated into all our auditing systems are all the components of the Quality Management Cycle, helping you implement your Quality Improvement Programme

Essential Standards Of Quality And Safety

Using TS+ technology, you can collect NHS Safety Thermometer data and auto-upload it into your organisations NHS ST Installer tool