Improving Patient Safety

Patient Safety Collaborative BannerWorking together to build a culture of continuous learning and improvement

The national Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) programme aims 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.

The PSC is a joint initiative between NHS Improvement and the AHSN Network. The programme, which was set up in 2013, is funded and nationally coordinated by NHS Improvement, and organised and delivered locally by regional Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).

The collaborative has four national workstreams focussing on developing maternal and neonatal patient safety, enhancing outcomes for deteriorating patients, adoption and spread of proven interventions (eg. the Emergency Department Safety Checklist), and medicines safety which will have a focus of facilitating work in care homes.

The South West Patient Safety Collaborative (SW PSC) is hosted by the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) and exists to create a culture of continuous quality improvement across the South West. The collaborative works with health and care organisations including Clinical Commissioning Groups, acute trusts, care homes, mental health trusts, primary and secondary care providers across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Somerset and working to promote the voice of the public and patients.  The SW PSC provides a range of quality improvement and patient safety events and projects and works continuously to improve patient safety across the whole system.

For more information on our planned activities for 2019/20 please download our Plan on a Page which describes our key priorities and our work programme. You can also navigate the Resources menu to explore case studies and activities we have undertaken since our creation.

You may also be interested in our patient safety blog posts, which can be found under the patient safety category on our News page.

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For more information or if you have any questions, please contact a member of the Patient Safety team: