NHS Patient Safety Syllabus training - elearning for healthcare
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NHS Patient Safety Syllabus training programme

When patients are harmed, it has an impact on them, their loved ones, our staff, and others who work in the healthcare system. It is crucial that all staff, whatever our roles, see safety not just as our collective responsibility, but as a key priority. We all need to think differently about what patient safety means and how we can make improvements.

Overall, we can make healthcare even safer by:

  • Dealing with risks before they can cause harm
  • Working to create a positive patient safety culture
  • Building safer systems
  • Recognising everyone’s role in patient safety

Click here to access the NHS Patient Safety Syllabus training programme.

For details of how to access the programme please scroll down to the ‘How to Access’ section.

More information

The NHS Patient Safety Strategy  will help us deliver the changes we need. The Strategy includes a patient safety syllabus and training programme for the whole NHS. This is designed to help everyone who works in the NHS take all the necessary steps to ensure our patients are safe while they are in our care.

This training has five levels, which build on each other, please click on the boxes below to find information about each level.

  • Level one - Essentials for patient safety

  • Level one - Essentials of patient safety for boards and senior leadership teams

  • Level two – Access to practice

  • Level two - Sector Specific Sessions

  • Levels three to five


Acknowledgements of assistance developing the training modules

We would like to acknowledge those who have helped review these training modules as they were developed.  This included members of key stakeholder organisations and over 50 frontline clinical staff.

We would like to acknowledge the support and guidance offered by members of the following organisations represented on our Advisory Group for development of the syllabus.

  • Allied Health Professions Federation
  • Academic Health Science Network
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Council of Postgraduate Medical Deans
  • Council of Deans of Health
  • Department of Health Northern Ireland
  • General Medical Council
  • Heath and Care Professions Council
  • Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch
  • Health Education England
  • Health Education and Improvement Wales
  • Lay representatives
  • Medical Schools’ Council
  • National Association of Clinical Tutors
  • NHS Clinical Commissioners
  • NHS Education for Scotland
  • NHS Employers
  • NHS England and Improvement
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Midwives
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal College of Physicians including its Chief Registrar Programme
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Society & College of Radiographers
  • UK Foundation Programme

Patient Safety Development Team

  • Professor Peter Spurgeon, Project Lead, Warwick Medical School

    Professor Peter Spurgeon

    Syllabus author, Project Lead, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Professor Emeritus Health Services Management, Warwick Medical School
  • Dr Steve Cross

    Dr Steve Cross

    Syllabus Author, Associate in Patient Safety, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Dr Rose Jarvis

    Dr Rose Jarvis

    Policy Lead Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Sam Illingworth

    Sam Illingworth

    Director of Education Quality and Reform, HEE
  • Marie Moore

    Marie Moore

    Quality Transformation Manager and Patient Safety Lead, HEE
  • Semone Boyal

    Semone Boyal

    Programme Manager, HEE
  • James Nicholls

    James Nicholls

    NHSE/I comms lead
  • Christian Brailsford

    Christian Brailsford

    Senior Responsible Officer for patient safety, Regional Head of Nursing and Midwifery, HEE South West
  • Dr Aidan Fowler

    Dr Aidan Fowler

    National Director of Patient Safety in England, NHSE/I
  • Dr Matt Fogarty

    Dr Matt Fogarty

    Deputy Director of Patient Safety, Policy & Strategy, NHSE/I
  • Alastair Henderson

    Alastair Henderson

    CEO Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Carl Jessop

    Carl Jessop

    Communications Programme Manager, Corporate Accountability and Engagement Directorate, HEE
  • Joan Russell

    Joan Russell

    Head of Patient Safety, Policy and Partnerships NHSE/I

NHSE elfh team members

  • Nicole Beckford

    Nicole Beckford

    Senior project manager, NHSE elearning for Healthcare
  • Karen Walker - ID

    Karen Walker

    Lead learning designer, NHSE elearning for Healthcare
  • Charlotte Howell

    Charlotte Howell

    Learning designer, NHSE elearning for Healthcare
  • Scott Tyrell

    Animator, NHSE elearning for Healthcare
  • Rebekka Campbell

    Rebekka Campbell

    Programme manager, NHSE elearning for healthcare

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If you already have an account with elfh, then you can enrol on to the NHS Patient Safety Syllabus training programme by logging in to the elfh Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

NHS healthcare staff in England – ESR

The NHS Patient Safety Syllabus training programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the NHS Patient Safety Syllabus training programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

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