National Patient Safety Agency

A Department of Health body leading and contributing to improved, safe patient care by informingsupporting and influencing organisations and people working in the health sector.  The NPSA aims to reduce risks to patients receiving NHS care and improve patient safety.


Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

The MHRA is a Department of Health agency responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK by ensuring they work and are acceptably safe. MHRA is responsible for the appointment and oversees the performance of these independent bodies. The MHRA also issues Medical Device Alerts. More information on the organisation and their work, including what is and what isn’t a medical device can be found by clicking on the link above.   


Care Quality Commission

Independent healthcare regulator responsible for ensuring health and social care is delivered in line with national standards.  For more information please visit:


Royal College of Radiologists,


Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland


Vascular Services Quality Improvement Programme


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Accountable to the Department of Health but operationally independent of government.  Provides a variety of health and social care guidance in England. 


Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Develops a variety of evidence-based guidance for NHS Scotland.  


National Service Frameworks and Strategies

Documents which set out clear standards of care in NHS England. 


National Institute for Healthcare Research  

Aims to improve healthcare delivery through research, funded by the Department of Health.  


NHS Improving Quality (NHSIQ)

Working to improve health outcomes through service improvement.  


Patient Safety Improvement Programme

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Scottish Patient Safety Programme

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