Safety Thermometer

YHPHO has become part of Public Health England, joining its Knowledge and Intelligence Team (Northern and Yorkshire).

This page is an historical archive only.


The Quality Observatory is working with NHS Yorkshire and the Humber to support the region on understanding and rolling out the Safety Thermometer. The Safety Thermometer is a point of care survey which is now a national CQUIN measure looking at harm free care across four areas:

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Falls
  • Catheters and UTIs
  • VTE
  • Overall harm free care
Data will be collected from all appropriate patients in hospitals and in the community at least monthly. The data will be used at national, regional and local level (organisational as well as at ward and team level) to support quality improvements in care through ensuring harm free care.

About harm free care

Harm free care is described in detail at
The 10 Steps to success describes harm free care and how the Safety Thermometer works.

10 Steps to success

1) Understanding how we measure harm in healthcare
2) What is harm free care?
3) What is the NHS Safety Thermometer?
4) Understanding the definitions
5) How does the Safety Thermometer work?
6) Organising data collection
7) Training staff
8) Trouble shooting, merging and submitting data
9) Making graphs
10) Using data to make change

Using the Safety Thermometer

The Safety Thermometer user guide, frequently asked questions, timetable for submission, contact details to raise technical queries and instructions to register the Safety Thermometer Co-ordinator for your organisation are on the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Safety Thermometer regional Frequently Asked Questions gives answers to queries such as using the safety thermometer, understanding the definitions, collecting data, inclusions and exclusions and implementing the safety thermometer in different settings.

Team Area

The private Safety Thermometer team area enables the sharing of documents and ideas through a resource repository and discussion forum.
  • Access the team area - logon or contact the team manager and request to join this team.


The regional workshops run by the NHS Yorkshire and the Humber and the Quality Observatory took place on 17th and 24th May 2012.


Depending on the nature of the query for the Safety Thermometer, this will determine who the best person to contact will be. Please consult the Safety Thermometer support contacts document for an outline of the different organisations involved and associated contact details or email NHS Yorkshire and the Humber

Last Updated: Thursday, 13th September 2012

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