What is World Patient Safety Day?

Established in 2019 by the 72nd World Health Assembly, World Patient Safety Day (WPSD) aims to increase public engagement and emphasise the importance of prioritising patient safety on the global agenda, while encouraging action. It takes place annually on 17 September.

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For the World Health Organization’s World Patient Safety Day 2023 theme of "Engaging patients for patient safety", the NIHR NWL PSRC, Institute of Global Health Innovation and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust hosted a virtual event to celebrate and elevate patient and family voices for patient safety.

The event aimed to facilitate impactful and insightful conversations about how key stakeholders can work together to empower patients with becoming advocates for their own safety to improve outcomes.

We heard from Professor the Lord Ara Darzi, Co-Director of the IGHI, Dr Henrietta Hughes, UK’s Patient Safety Commissioner, Rosie Bartel, a patient advocate, and Maria Caulfield, MP. We also held an excellent panel session on how clinicians, patients and carers can work together to support patients and their families to feel safe and engage with their care. 

The event was co-designed with patient representatives from the NIHR NWL PSRC and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

As part of the event, we produced two 'Goody bags' of resources:

World Patient Safety Day 2023 Healthcare Professional resources

World Patient Safety Day 2023 Patient resources

The World Health Organization’s World Patient Safety Day encourages global and national health organisations as well as patients, families, health workers and health care leaders to show their commitment to patient safety.

Elevating Patient Voices: Celebrating World Patient Safety Day 2023

Watch the recording

Watch our World Patient Safety Day 2023 event, chaired by Dr Bryony Dean Franklin, Director, NIHR North West London Patient Safety Research Collaboration.