Patient Safety Collaborative teams reduce harm to patients nationwide

A report published today highlights the work of 15 teams of local experts to improve patient safety and reduce avoidable harm in the NHS.

'Patient Safety Collaboratives: making care safer for all’ updates on the work of the 15 teams (known as Patient Safety Collaboratives) to improve patient safety, spread examples of success and influence system leaderships. 

The teams are led by local Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and made up of talented NHS, academic and healthcare experts.

What the teams have achieved

The new report lists achievements including:

  • developing care bundles that reduced mortality after emergency laparotomies by 42 per cent
  • establishing safety ‘huddles’ that has reduced inpatients falls by 60 per cent
  • achieving a 50 per cent increase in patients returning to mental health wards on time
  • producing guidance that improves the communication of information on acute kidney injury between healthcare teams when a patient is discharged
  • reducing inpatient medication errors

Where initiatives like this are successful, the Patient Safety Collaboratives work together on a national level so that patient safety can be improved in the same way across the country. This has helped improvements across all care settings from maternity care and nursing homes, to GP practices and acute hospitals.

Dr Mike Durkin, NHS National Director of Patient Safety, said: 

“Having worked closely with Don Berwick and his advisory group it is fantastic to now see the impact the collaboratives are having for patients across the country. This is just the beginning and their achievements will go from strength-to-strength as they firmly establish themselves as a key part of the health service.

“It is vital that we find ways to accelerate improvement across the whole healthcare system and the Patient Safety Collaboratives are doing just that. They create the conditions to make the best use of our resources, both human and financial, and this report shows how clusters of collaboratives are also working together to share and spread success to benefit patients in every part of the country.”

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