Patient Safety Surveillance

The NPSO has commenced a scoping exercise to establish a national patient safety surveillance system.  This will provide evidence to inform patient safety policy and leadership decisions, bring data from many sources together to inform prioritisation and monitoring of implementation. This creates the opportunity to address the ‘precursors to harm, and not just the harm itself’ and help to develop a ‘problem sensing’ culture that actively seeks patient safety alerts.

A surveillance system is likely to include, but is not limited to, elements on clinical activity, clinical outcomes, complaints trends, notifications to the Health Products Regulatory Authority, information from the Coroner and the State Claims Agency. The collection of data is not an endpoint and it is important that the surveillance of patient safety profiles for patients, service and clinical cohorts is part of the quality improvement cyclical process.  It will also assist in identifying and developing processes to address data gaps of importance.

HIQA – international review of patient safety surveillance systems

Public Health Emergency Plan Activated to address CPE

The Public Health Emergency Plan was activated by Minister Simon Harris on 25th October 2017 and regular updates are available at the link above.


Launch of Ireland’s National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2017-2020 L-R: Dr Tony Holohan CMO, Eithne Barron NPSO,Dr Kathleen Mac Lellan Director NPSO, Rosarie Lynch NPSO, Dr Martin Blake CVO DAFM, Hazel Sheridan DAFM,Caroline Garvan DAFM, Minister Michael Creed, Minister Simon Harris

Ireland’s National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2017-2020 launched on Wednesday 25th October