What is it?
Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) are a national programme to improve the safety of patients and ensure constant learning sits at the heart of healthcare in England. 

The programme is coordinated by NHS England supported by NHS Improving Quality and is supported by 15 local collaboratives covering the same geographical area as each of the 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). Their establishment will be supported by the AHSNs. View a copy of our latest pdfPSC priorities brochure and pdfLocal Delivery Plan for more information. 

The collaborative for our region is being led by the EMAHSN.

Why do we have PSCs?
PSCs are the result, in part, of Professor Don Berwick's report into the safety of patients in England published in August 2013. The report, A Promise to Learn – a commitment to act. The report recommended spreading best practice, building skills and capability in patient safety and improvement science, and focussing on actions that can make the biggest difference to patients in every part of the country. 

What's our vision
The vision for the National Patient Safety Collaboratives Programme is to create a comprehensive, effective, and sustainable collaborative improvement system that will support the development of a culture of continual learning and improvement in patient safety across England.  Regional PSCs are expected to reflect local priorities; plus some national requirements including two ‘must-do’ topics:  ‘Safety culture/Leadership’ and ‘Measurement’. 

our new pdfannual report is supported by our measurement plan which reflects the considerable amount of work happening within the PSC. 

Our work aligns with and complements the ambitions of the 'Sign up to Safety' campaign. Organisations can sign up online and become part of the campaign. The EMAHSN is already part of the campaign, our pledges appear below:

The EMAHSN Patient Safety Collaborative has pledged to:

Put safety first. Commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public our goals and plans developed locally by reflecting the local priorities set out by our partners and stakeholders. These have been developed through consultation and engagement with our patients and public.

Continually learn. Make our organisation more resilient to risks, by acting on the feedback from patients and by constantly measuring and monitoring how safe our services are by continually seek feedback from our patients and public (through a number of fore but also the Patient Senate). We will seek to measure 'the hard to measure'; the impact of harm on our patients, relatives and carers (including our staff). We will focus on measurement for improvement and work with our partners and stakeholders to demonstrate success.

Honesty. Be transparent with people about our progress to tackle patient safety issues and support staff to be candid with patients and their families if something goes wrong by publishing best practice, support organisations to focus on improvement and to publish data relevant to the Patient Safety Collaborative. We will support staff by acknowledging the human factors, professional issues that affect safety and translate research into practice.

Collaborate. Take a leading role in supporting local collaborative learning, so that improvements are made across all of the local services that patients use. Set up a local Patient Safety Collaborative that will endeavour to support all organisations, partners and stakeholders to improve patient safety, learn from incidents, promote a safety culture and provide an environment that supports continual learning. By working with our regional lead for Sign up to Safety we will ensure we work cohesively and in partnership.

Support. Help people understand why things go wrong and how to put them right. Give staff the time and support to improve and celebrate the progress. We will work with our partners and stakeholders to develop capacity and capability in safety science, publish best practice, create learning events to share improvements, support experts to improve patient safety whilst recognising the individual contribution all staff make to the improvement of patient safety.              
In order to remain responsive, dynamic and demonstrate impact EMAHSN will add to the current portfolio of PSC projects should they meet a number of criteria and fit within the wider EMAHSN portfolio. We are committed to the adoption of proven innovation at pace and scale and run specific calls for proposals in our priority areas throughout the year.

The EMAHSN is looking to support innovative projects and initiatives which:
  • Align with our stakeholders' priorities
  • Are shown to be clinically proven and has been evaluated to be effective in at least one clinical setting
  • Have the potential to be diffused across the region at scale and pace
  • Will deliver improvements to healthcare outcomes, patient experiences and secure value for money
  • Demonstrate patient / service user / carer involvement and/or provide improved services to currently underserved communities (e.g. Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities)
  • Generate growth for the East Midlands region
Visit our "How can we help?" page for more details.