Oxford Safety and Quality Enhancement – A Medical Student Led Patient Safety Group

Oxford Safety and Quality Enhancement (OSQE), previously Oxford Medical School Patient Group (OMSPSG), is a student run society that teaches and supports medical students to do audits and improvement projects focused on patient safety.

As a UK inpatient the risk of suffering from a medical error amounts to 1 in 10 (UK Department of Health), ranging from mild drug side effects due to bad prescribing up to never events such a wrong-side surgery or death due to poor inter-professional communication. Rather than apportion blame to individuals, we aim to improve systems within healthcare to minimize these errors.

OSQE comes under the umbrella of the Open School of the Institute for Healthcare, and is supported by the Medical Education committee for the Oxford Deanary.

Our goal for this year is to connect enthusiastic and willing medical students with clinicians who have projects that need completing. So if you’re a student looking for a project then check out our list of projects:  And if you’re a clinician with a project idea then register it here:

If you’d like to learn more about conducting an audit or improvement project, then take a look at our education page.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Senior support

Dr Elize Richards, Consultant Anaesthetist: elize.richards@doctors.org.uk 

Dr Annabel Nickol, Consultant Respiratory Physician: annabel.nickol@ndm.ox.ac.uk

Prof Sue Lister, former Head of the IHI Open School England: sue.serviceimprovement@gmail.com