Framework for involving patients in patient safety

Closed 18 Oct 2020

Opened 10 Mar 2020


Please note: due to COVID-19, we have extended the closing date of this consultation until Sunday 18 October 2020.

A key part of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy published in July 2019, is the introduction of a framework for Patient Safety Partners to provide guidance on how the NHS can involve patients and their carers in their own safety, as well as being partners alongside staff in improving patient safety in NHS organisations.

Working with patients, carers, lay people, NHS frontline staff and commissioners, we have developed a draft ‘Framework for involving patients in patient safety’, which we are now consulting on ahead of publishing a final version expected early 2021.

The framework is in two sections. The first describes how organisations should support patients, their families and carers to be directly involved in their own or their loved one’s safety; and the second how organisations should support patients, carers, family members or other lay people to be involved in wider governance of safety activities.

You can download the draft framework via the link below:

Draft Framework for involving patients in patient safety

Once you have read the draft framework, we would be grateful if you can please give us your comments and feedback by completing our survey, which can be accessed via the link at the bottom of this page.

Why your views matter

We would like you to tell us what you think about our draft 'Framework for involving patients in patient safety' by completing our survey via the link below or, if you prefer, please email your views to

We will use your feedback, comments and ideas to help us finalise the framework, before publishing a final version.