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The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm.

Committed to a collaborative approach in all that it does, the Foundation offers a portfolio of programs targeted to diverse stakeholders across the health care industry. We invite you to explore our programs and offerings  ——

Professional Resources and Support

Online Learning

Educational Modules — educational resources for advancing your commitment to patient safety, developed by experts in the field, offering affordable, self-paced learning options and continuing education credits.

Patient Safety Curriculum — 10-module online course, CE and CME accredited, self-paced, with audio lectures, presentations, and videos, providing the context, key principles, and competencies associated with the discipline of patient safety and their application in everyday practice.

Professional Learning Series Webcasts – ongoing series offering continuing education and the convenience of a webcast format to foster peer-to-peer collaboration.

Patient Safety ListServ — an online open forum for constructive conversation on issues of patient safety, serving a community that includes patients and families, researchers, providers, administrators, and those in the c-suite.

Research Grants Program — funds innovative projects each year that are directed toward enhancing patient safety in the United States.

Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship — awarded annually, through joint sponsorship by NPSF and the American Hospital Association, to encourage leadership in the patient safety field by providing health care professionals an opportunity to integrate innovative strategies within their own organizations.

Awards — the NPSF Chairman’s Medal, Socius Award, and Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award, are presented each year at the NPSF Congress. The Doctors Company Foundation Young Physicians Patient Safety Award is conferred in partnership with the National Safety Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute.

Certification in Patient Safety — NPSF supports the CPPS credential, which establishes the standard for patient safety competency and distinguishes health care professionals who meet the knowledge requirements; ASPPS membership provides a discount on the cost of the examination.

The Patient Safety Immersion Initiative — This innovative program integrates membership and education programs offered by NPSF with the patient safety certification offered by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety.


Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress — the premier educational and networking event for the field, crafted by patient safety leaders, providing real-world tools, resources, and evidence-based solutions to patient safety issues.

The NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Annual Forum & Gala once a year, the Lucian Leape Institute holds a forum for open conversations with the distinguished members of the Institute, followed by a gala reception and dinner featuring a keynote speaker.

Patient Safety Awareness Week — an annual, national and international, NPSF-led education and awareness campaign for health care safety.


American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety — the first and only individual, multidisciplinary membership program with patient safety as its organizing principle. ASPPS was established to advance patient safety as a distinct and vital health care discipline, and to build an engaged community of individuals committed to accelerating the delivery of safe patient care.

Health professionalsNPSF Patient Safety Coalition — is designed to accelerate visibility, opportunity, and thought leadership for solutions providers, associations, advocacy groups, and all others sharing an unwavering commitment to health care safety; the NPSF Patient Safety Coalition welcomes stakeholders from across the continuum of care.

Stand Up for Patient Safety™ — delivers evidence-based tools and resources that allow organizations to meet current patient safety goals and engage executive leadership, clinicians, frontline staff, patients, families, and the broader community in advancing patient safety. Membership is available to hospitals, health systems, physician offices, and ambulatory facilities.

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute

This select group of deeply committed thought leaders is working to provide strategic vision
and create transformational change in patient safety.

NPSF Health Care Safety Speakers

The National Patient Safety Foundation provides opportunities for organizations across health care to engage leaders from the NPSF Board and the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute to speak at their events. These true visionaries in the field have diverse areas of focus, yet all have a single convergent goal—making health care safer.


Online publications:

Current Awareness Literature Alert — a twice-monthly publication identifying articles of interest to the patient safety community.

Focus on Patient Safety — a peer-reviewed publication providing timely coverage of key patient safety topics as well as news from NPSF.

P.S. Blog — provides patient safety news, opinion, and perspectives from patient safety professionals and patients.

NPSF News — our monthly email providing links to upcoming events and patient safety stories in the news.

Member e-News, Stand Up and ASPPS  — monthly emails with news items targeted to members of, respectively, Stand Up for Patient Safety and the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety.

Patient and Family Support

Ask Me 3® — furnishes information and resources for educating patients and providers about health literacy and improving patient-provider communication.

Patient and Family Program — committed to educating patients and their families in how to be more involved in their health care and ensuring the presence of the patient and family perspective in the work to create safer health care environments.