The MHRA is committed to improving patient safety and strategically runs regular public health campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of reporting to the Yellow Card scheme.
How you can help support our Yellow Card campaigns
Tell your colleagues and stakeholders about the campaign. Ask them to also support it by sharing/retweeting the links to the animations and infographics. They can also be used on organisational intranet pages so do get in touch for help on this. Please also share the materials on your personal Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, as well as via professional networks or patient organisations.
The MHRA launched its public health campaign to inform those receiving Covid-19 vaccines about how to report a suspected side effect to the MHRA's Yellow Card scheme on this Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting website. The campaign aims to ensure those looking to report a Covid-19 vaccine side effect know where to go and what to do. Anyone can report to the Yellow Card scheme, whether for themselves or on someone else’s behalf.
By reporting suspected side effects, we can help make vaccines better for everyone.
If you, or a partner organisation you know, can support the campaign to help make people aware of the Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site, we have prepared a toolkit of free resources for you to use and share which are available here. The campaign message is straight forward: Report suspected side effects of Covid-19 vaccine to the MHRA Yellow Card scheme.
#MedSafetyWeek 2021 (1-7 November)
#MedSafetyWeek takes place annually usually in November and each year there is a different focus or theme. This time the focus is on vaccines and reporting suspected side effects.
Show your support during this #MedSafetyWeek by sharing the MHRA messages and material below and from the MHRA social media channels. When posting please always use the #MedSafetyWeek hashtag to help extend and magnify the message.
Remember to discuss with colleagues and patients the importance of reporting suspected adverse drug reactions to the MHRA Yellow Card scheme.
#MedSafetyWeek 2021 materials
You can use any of the materials and assets below to help increase awareness and encourage Yellow Card reporting of suspected side effects.
World Patient Safety Day (17 September)
During the week of World Patient Safety Day, the MHRA seeks to increase awareness, engagement and improve understanding of the Yellow Card scheme.
You can use the graphics below to help us raise awareness.
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In 2021, the MHRA supported Wold Patient Safety Day through social media urging all stakeholders to report suspected side effects according to the theme of safe maternal and newborn care. In 2020, the MHRA commends the crucial role that healthcare professionals play in reporting and flagging patient safety issues, including reporting through the Yellow Card scheme. We also call upon patients, healthcare professionals, and the public to report suspected side effects from medicines and safety concerns with medical devices to the Yellow Card scheme and encourage others to do the same. We marked World Patient Safety Day in 2020 with the 'Every report counts' campaign emphasising that collectively, every report helps to build a bigger picture of patient safety and can lead to action to protect others. See the MHRA's press release.
The campaign featured insights from patient and healthcare professionals who have previously reported and helped lead to MHRA acting to improve the safe use of medicine and medical devices. For example, the animation below features Jazz, a pharmacist in Liverpool, who shares her experiences with reporting and why she felt it was important.
Help share our other campaign materials
Please contact us if you would like more information about the Yellow Card scheme to help us raise awareness, or you wish to add information to your website or intranet, or to receive paper Yellow Card reporting forms for healthcare professionals or patients. Yellow Card forms are available which you can download and print from the Resources section of this website. See our animated video below developed by the MHRA to promote the reporting of suspected side effects. It can also be seen on the MHRA YouTube channel. Feel free to share and like the animation on social media.
Did you know that the above video can be downloaded here and added to patient waiting room television screens? Help us widen the use of this animation and reach as many patients as possible to help raise awareness about Yellow Card reporting. You can do this by speaking to your local GP practice or letting the person in charge of the patient waiting area, usually by speaking to the person at reception, know about accessing this link so they can get this added and shown to patients to encourage Yellow Card reporting of suspected side effects to medicines.
The animation above and three infographics below were developed by the MHRA as an output from the SCOPE (Strengthening Collaborations to Operate Pharmacovigilance in Europe) Joint Action project. These were then used to establish the first European wide social media campaign that was led by the MHRA in 2016.
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#MedSafetyWeek annual campaigns
Each year, the social media campaigns aim to increase general awareness and encourage reporting of suspected side effects to the Yellow Card scheme and in addition, there is usually a specific theme. Here are some examples below:
The 2017 campaign theme focused on the importance of reporting suspected side effects with over-the-counter medicines; however, the message is applicable to all medicines.
The 2018 campaign theme focused on the importance of reporting suspected side effects and the safe use of medicines in babies, children, and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
For MedSafetyWeek 2020, the UK's theme was ‘every report counts’ and reporting can help others in future. The campaign calls on patients, parents and carers, as well as healthcare professionals, and their organisations, to report suspected adverse drug reactions to medicines to the Yellow Card scheme. We advise people not to wait for someone else to report their suspicions.
For the 2020 campaign, see the Drug Safety Update article and the press release to promote the week alongside the use of the materials, such as the reporting crib sheet which can be found in the resource section of this website and the animations from this page. To find out more about reporting there are also dedicated e-learning modules for healthcare professionals which count for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) credits as well as an email signature banner that was used to help increase awareness and encourage Yellow Card reporting of suspected side effects.
Yellow Card scheme
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