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Improving the Safety and Reliability of Care Across NHSScotland

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme was launched in 2008 and is a unique national initiative aimed to drive improvement across the whole of NHSScotland.

The fundamental aim of the programme is to reduce avoidable harm to patients by improving the safety of patient care at all points of care delivery.  At its outset, SPSP focused on acute (hospital based) care but, in subsequent years, its remit extended and now includes the following areas: 

Acute Adult

Since its launch in 2008, the Acute Adult programme has contributed to a significant reduction in harm and mortality to patients through the application of Quality Improvement methodology. The Acute Adult programme continues to work with NHSScotland boards to test and implement processes that will further improve reliable care delivery across a range of clinical areas.

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Acute Adult
HAI

HAI

The HAI team proactively works with NHS boards in Scotland to develop and test different approaches to reduce HAIs, primarily in acute care settings. The focus of the Programme's work is to build capacity and capability around improvement science and support sustained, reliable systems and processes.

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HAI

Maternity and Children

The Maternity and Children Quality Improvement Collaborative (MCQIC) oversees/encompasses the activity of the maternity, neonatal and paediatric strands. Its overall aim is to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities in outcomes by providing a safe, high quality care experience for all women, babies and families in Scotland.

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Maternity and Children
Medicines

Medicines

The Medicines programme aims to bring together improvement activity related to medicines from acute care, primary care, maternity & children’s services and mental health. Using a whole system approach, frontline staff will be supported to test and implement changes to ensure the safer use of medicines across Scotland.

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Medicines

Mental Health

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme – Mental Health aims to systematically reduce harm experienced by people receiving care from mental health services in Scotland, by supporting frontline staff to test, gather real-time data and reliably implement interventions, before spreading across their NHS board area.

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Mental Health
Primary Care

Primary Care

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme in Primary Care aims to reduce the number of events which could cause avoidable harm from healthcare delivered in any primary care setting. In order to achieve that goal, the programme has developed a range of tools and resources to support those working within primary care to bring about a patient safety culture within their teams.

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Primary Care