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