Improving patient safety
Working together to build a culture of continuous learning and improvement
The South West Patient Safety Collaborative, hosted by the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) is one of 15 Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) across England delivering the National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (SIPs).
SIPs aim to support and encourage a culture of safety, continuous learning and improvement across the health and care system, helping to reduce the risk of harm and make care safer for all. They support five core areas of work: managing deterioration, maternal and neonatal, medicines safety, mental health, and adoption and spread. Collectively, the programmes constitute the largest safety improvement initiative in the history of the NHS.
In response to COVID-19, Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) are supporting their local health and care systems, including hospitals, care homes and the community, to improve patient and resident safety. Over the next six months, PSCs, including the South West Patient Safety Collaborative, will be focusing on the following priorities:
- Identifying and managing people at risk of deterioration and sepsis
- Implementing a tracheostomy care programme to help manage patients with a tracheostomy
- Support for maternity and neonatal units
Supporting COVID-19 patients in the community with COVID Oximetry @home
SWAHSN are working with all Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), NHS England and NHS Improvement to support the set-up of ‘COVID Oximetry @home’ services (also known as ‘COVID virtual wards’). This is being used in many areas to help detect earlier deterioration of people with COVID-19, both in the community and in care homes.
The package of care involves the remote monitoring of the individual's condition through providing regular contact with a local health care team who will reassess the individuals symptoms (including oxygen saturation levels). This close monitoring enables the individual to remain at their usual place of residence whilst allowing early signs of deterioration to be identified and escalated quickly and appropriately.
The NHS England and NHS Improvement information on this programme can be found here.
For the full programme toolkit visit our partners page at Wessex AHSN.
We recently hosted an interactive webinar with West of England ASHN providing the latest information on COVID oximetry@home pathways. The event provided examples of innovative ways to assess and manage patients in the community with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, plus learning from pilots during the first wave of the pandemic, this can be viewed below. Our second webinar takes place on 2nd December, for more information and to sign up click here.
Remote monitoring using pulse oximetry in care homes
This webinar explains the background to COVID Oximetry @home and COVID virtual wards, and what this means for care home staff supporting residents who are being monitored remotely using pulse oximetry.
Aimed at registered managers, care workers in care homes, Primary Care Network clinical leads, and staff supporting remote monitoring, it covers why ‘silent hypoxia’ is important, how it works in practice, and the range of support and learning materials on offer.
Organised by the AHSN Network with NHS England and NHS Improvement, you can watch the webinar below. Visit www.ahsnnetwork.com/covid-oximetry for more information and to download the presentation.