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)