This is the first National patient safety syllabus that will underpin the development of curricula for all NHS staff. It addresses the role of the healthcare system in patient safety, covering incident reporting and investigation that takes place after incidents and near-misses, but also adding critical proactive approaches to prevent harm occurring in the first place. This reflects best practice in building safe systems within other safety-critical industries.

The syllabus forms part of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy and will support a transformation in patient safety education and training across the NHS.

The ‘key points’ document provides some of the context for the syllabus and we have provided answers to some frequently asked questions. We have also outlined where content that might be expected to be included in the syllabus is described as part of detailed training modules that will be developed over 2020-21.