Deteriorating Patient Safety Network

The Deteriorating Patient Safety Network (DPSN) is hosted by the South West AHSN and supports its members to plan, deliver and monitor deteriorating patient and resident projects.

Projects in the region have a variety of settings and support patient pathway collaboration between partners from acute and community hospitals, community services in the home, primary care services, care homes, clinical commissioning groups, councils and other partners across the region.


Currently there are projects focused on the roll-out and sustainability of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) in all seven acute trusts in South West England and their affiliated community hospitals. In addition, care homes and GPs are increasingly undertaking joint projects which have shown not only to benefit the patients and residents but the cultures of the organisations themselves and relationships between them.

The voice of the patient and their families is central to this work and through the South West AHSN's Quality Improvement Partner Panels (QuIPPs), project teams focused on deteriorating patients have their projects actively reviewed by patients and their families.

Quarterly DPSN events bring teams together to collectively learn from good practice, share resources and support each other on their improvement journey. Bespoke quality improvement methodology and culture training assist the teams to collectively sculpt solutions to common problems and create a thriving and active regional support network.

The South West AHSN is actively supporting DPSN members to respond to COVID-19 and is currently working towards bringing teams together virtually to build on learning and best practice.