Patient Safety Collaboratives

KEY PARTNERS

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 www.improvement.nhs.uk/resources/patient-safety-improvement-programmes/ or contact your local Academic Health Science Network (www.ahsnnetwork.com)

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