The Berwick review of patient safety in the NHS cost less than £100,000, HSJ can reveal.

International patient safety expert Don Berwick was commissioned by the government to look at making “zero harm care a reality” following the publication of the Francis report in February this year.

The review, which reported in August, focused on the need for the health service to develop a “learning culture” that listened to staff and patients.

NHS England revealed in a freedom of information disclosure that the total cost of the work was just under £96,000. No fees were paid either to Professor Berwick nor other members of the review group, which included academics, patient representatives, Salford Royal Foundation Trust chief executive David Dalton and chief nurse Elaine Inglesby-Burke.

The bulk of the spend was on “event costs” related to a one day conference at London’s ExCel centre which brought together 500 professionals.  

The second biggest category of spend was travel and subsistence, which accounted for £21,977.

Professor Berwick is based in Boston in the US and flew over to the UK for brief visits when the ExCel event was held and his report was launched. Most other discussions occurred through conference calls and email.

The group also spent £6,769 on publication costs, £7,282 on research expenses and £549 on meeting catering.

The Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust Inquiry cost in excess of £13m, not including legal costs for the Department of Health and other organisations involved.