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From 1 April 2005 the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has expanded, giving it greater scope to improve patient safety in the NHS.


The NPSA helps the NHS learn from things that go wrong and develops solutions to prevent harm in the future. We do this by working with patients and staff locally and nationally to foster a culture where errors can be investigated and innovative solutions developed. We also do this by collecting and analysing information from staff and patients via our national reporting and learning system and other sources.


From 1 April 2005, the NPSA’s work also encompasses: safety aspects of hospital design, cleanliness and food (transferred from NHS Estates); ensuring research is carried out safely, through its responsibility for the Central Office for Research Ethics Committees (COREC); and is supporting local organisations in addressing their concerns about the performance of individual doctors and dentists, through its responsibility for the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS), formerly known as the National Clinical Assessment Authority. It also manages the contracts with the three confidential enquiries. This responsibility has been transferred from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).


All contact addresses for these organisations remain the same and can be found here:


·                The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)

·                The National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS)

·                The Central Office of Research Ethics Committees (COREC)

·                The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD)

·                The Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH)

·                The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by people with mental illness (NCISH)

·                NHS Estates (safety aspects of hospital design, cleanliness, and food)

Copyright:  CEMACH, Chiltern Court, 188 Baker St, London NW1 5SD

Email:    info@cemach.org.uk
Phone:    020 7486 1191