Guidance

Healthcare 'never events' policy framework: update

Provides clarification on some areas of the 'never events' policy framework, which aims to protect patients from avoidable harm.

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The ‘never events’ policy framework aims to protect patients from avoidable harm. This update addresses areas of uncertainty and provides greater clarity about never events and the recommended response to them, following feedback from stakeholders. It offers a useful reference for boards, clinicians, other staff and patients.

The document also contains data on the number and types of never event reported over 2010 to 2011 and 2011 to 2012.

Published 29 October 2012