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What is it?
Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) are a new 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 being developed 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.

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

Why are we doing it?
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, made a series of recommendations to improve patient safety; and called for the NHS ''to become, more than ever before, a system devoted to continual learning and improvement of patient care, top to bottom and end to end.''

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 over the next five years as a minimum.

EMAHSN Approach

PSC priorities

How will it work?


Working as part of the National Patient Safety Collaborative Programme, the East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative, supported by the EMAHSN will deliver a system-wide, locally owned and led improvement programme. This will bring together patients and carers, national and international safety expertise with practical experience, in partnership with NHS England, NHS Improving Quality, and other national, international and local bodies interested in improving
safety.

In order to work towards significant cultural change and to create a continuous learning system across health and social care, the overarching principles of the work include:

  • Local engagement through structured quality improvement initiatives leading towards transformational change
  • Building system-wide capability for both staff and patients in quality and safety improvement
  • Local systematic spread of quality improvement outcomes across health and social care
  • Networking between the AHSNs and their partner organisations and stakeholders to ensure the optimal spread of locally developed solutions and interventions
  • Active contribution to national sharing and learning

Each of the 15 Collaboratives will run programmes to improve leadership and measurement for patient safety. We want to work with interested partners to help shape our collaborative and ensure continuous improvement for patients and staff. Our current priorities appear below:

PSC priorities diagram
This 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.

Useful information and contacts
  • NHS IQ
  • NHS England
  • pdfGuiding principles paper from NHSE
  • Patient Safety resources
  • EMAHSN Patient and Public Involvement
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., EMAHSN Regional Lead: Patient Safety Collaborative
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sign up to Safety Midlands and East Regional Lead
  • New video to help brief patients on patient safety: https://vimeo.com/103888278
  • pdfEast Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative leaflet
  • pdfHow to join our online community
  • pdfEast Midlands Patients Safety Collaborative Annual Report
  • pdfStakeholder engagement and scoping exercise to determine local patient safety priorities
  • Pressure ulcer prevention video - a step by step guide by Nottingham CityCare Tissue Viability Services: https://vimeo.com/130760834
  • Carolyn Canfield talks about the Citizen Patient, shared decision making with clinicians and patient led care: https://vimeo.com/126110407
  • pdfPeer review standards serious incident investigation score sheet June 2015
  • The Q initiative; led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS England, is connecting people skilled in improvement across the UK

East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative Event March 2015 - presentations and related documents