Patient Safety Collaboratives

Patient safety improvement programmes

Patient safety improvement programmes (SIPs) collectively form the largest safety initiative in the history of the NHS. They promote a culture of safety, continuous learning and sustainable improvement across the healthcare system, in settings such as maternity units, emergency departments, mental health trusts, GP practices and care homes. They are a key part of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy to deliver safety and quality improvements across the NHS in England. They include:

  • the National Patient Safety Improvement Programme
  • the Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme
  • the Medicines Safety Improvement Programme.

SIPs are delivered by local healthcare providers working directly with the NHS’ national patient safety team and through 15 regionally-based Patient Safety Collaboratives, each commissioned through one of 15 Academic Health Science Networks.  

The SIPs support continuous and sustainable improvement by:  

  • promoting positive safety culture
  • supporting evidence-based, quality improvement (QI) methodology and capability
  • enabling regional and local health systems to identify improvement priorities and share learning.

To find out more visit or contact your local Academic Health Science Network (