Improving patient safety
Working together to build a culture of continuous learning and improvement
The National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (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. Collectively the programmes constitute the largest safety improvement initiative in the history of the NHS.
The SIPs support five core areas of work: managing deterioration, maternal and neonatal, medicines, mental health, and adoption and spread.
In South West England, the SIPs are delivered by the South West Patient Safety Collaborative, hosted by the South West Academic Health Science Network. We work continuously with local clinical commissioning groups, acute trusts, care homes, and primary and secondary care providers across Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to improve patient safety across the whole system.