Patient safety specialists

Closed 12 Mar 2020

Opened 30 Jan 2020


This consultation is npw closed. We are currently working on the final version of the requirements document which we hope to publish soon. 

The NHS Patient Safety Strategy published in July 2019 set an ambition for all NHS staff to have a foundation in patient safety as well committing the NHS to developing experts to lead on patient safety in each trust. The introduction of ‘patient safety specialists’ is a key step in professionalising patient safety in the NHS.

We are asking NHS organisations to identify, by June 2020, at least one person from their existing employees as their patient safety specialist (we will set out how organisations should inform us of who their patient safety specialist is in due course). Training for these specialists will be based on the national patient safety syllabus being developed with Health Education England.

Working with representatives from a few NHS trusts, patient safety partners (patient and public voice representatives) and clinical commissioning groups, we have drafted the requirements for a patient safety specialist to help organisations identify the most appropriate person(s) for the role.

You can download the draft requirements via the link below:

Draft patient safety specialist requirements document

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

Why we are consulting

We would like you to tell us what you think about our draft requirements for patient safety specialists 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 requirements document, before publishing a final version to support NHS providers to identify people to these roles and prepare for their introduction.