Patient safety experts gather to share expertise and launch impact report

Posted on 24 May 2017 (Permalink)

The Patient Safety Collaboratives programme in England is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world. It is supported by NHS Improvement and managed and led locally by the 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) in England.

As the PSC programme moves into its third year, WMAHSN staff joined colleagues from across the country to celebrate successes with a major event at the Emirates Stadium in London on Tuesday 23 May. Colleagues gathered together to:

  • share and spread learning so far from the 15 regional patient safety collaboratives
  • build improvement capability and knowledge
  • learn from patients about their experience of care
  • hear from national and local leaders in patient safety
  • join conversations and find solutions to tricky problems
  • broaden networks of improvement locally, regionally and nationally.

Also launched at the event was A commitment to act, the PSCs' impact report for 2016/17, demonstrating how working collaboratively can achieve great results in patient safety which spread beyond regional boundaries.

Dr Mike Durkin, NHS National Director of Patient Safety at NHS Improvement, said: "Over the last three years, the PSC programme has played an increasingly crucial role in supporting staff and patients to maintain a focus on safety. It consists of 15 regional collaboratives across England, led by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), which are ideally placed to deliver continued improvement in patient safety and innovation in care, and to promote the adoption and spread of good practice across the country.

"On a regional basis, each collaborative uses practical quality improvement methods and approaches to identify safety priorities and develop solutions, while also creating the right conditions for safer systems of care, learning from errors and reducing avoidable harm. At a national level, the collaborative approach has encouraged the formation of networks and communities of practice, ensuring each and every collaborative is sharing with the others."