Medicines Safety

The Medicines Safety Improvement Programme (MedSIP) supports an initial set of projects linked to an evidence base on medication errors and the NHS Long Term Plan.

The programme, established by NHS Improvement, is commissioned by the national Patient Safety Collaborative.

The programme is building on the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN)’s existing work in this discipline, including the transfer of care around medicines and reducing problematic polypharmacy.

Medicines safety in care homes

During 2019-20 a major project commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement and delivered by the 15 regionally-based Patient Safety Collaboratives hosted by Academic Health Science Networks has aimed at reducing errors in medicines administration in care homes.

The SW AHSN engaged with care homes across Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly via electronic survey, workshops and interviews.

A report outlining the collective findings of AHSNs in regions across England was published in March 2020. The work aims to provide insight into the reasons for medication errors and how these could be avoided in the future.

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, continuation of the project has been paused to enable Patient Safety Collaboratives to support more urgent areas of need during the epidemic.