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About us


In the context of the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic, the Patient Safety Collaborative’s priority is to support our NHS and Social Care colleagues and providers.

We are pausing some of our programmes that do not contribute directly to the COVID-19 national response and refocusing existing programmes. This includes changing our Deterioration and Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement programmes to focus on COVID-19 issues and commencing work focusing on safe management of tracheostomy care.


The Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) is one of 15 regional PSCs aligned with England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks that together comprise the National Patient Safety Improvement programmes.

In common with the other regional collaboratives, the Oxford PSC works to implement patient safety initiatives and quality improvements  by working with networks of NHS staff, patients and families, national and local partners, academics,  life science industries and voluntary organisations.

This is the largest safety initiative in the history of the NHS, supporting and encouraging a culture of safety and improvement across the health and care system, continuously learning from what works as well as what does not. It is a joint initiative, funded and nationally coordinated by NHS Improvement, and organised and delivered locally by the AHSNs in line with the NHS Patient Safety Strategy published in July 2019.

The themes from this strategy run as a ‘golden thread’ through healthcare with three strategic aims supporting the development of patient safety culture and systems in the NHS:

  • Insight – drawing intelligence from multiple sources of patient safety information to improve understanding
  • Involvement – equipping patients, staff and healthcare partners with the skills and opportunities to improve patient safety throughout the whole system
  • Improvement – designing and supporting programmes that deliver effective and sustainable change in the most important areas.

The actions necessary to achieve these aims vary with individual programmes.

Details of current Oxford PSC programmes and projects, plus information about our past work, can be found here.

National AHSN patient safety resources can be found here.

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