The Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) is one of 15 regional PSCs that sit within England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks.
PSCs are commissioned by NHS England and Improvement as part of the National Patient Safety Improvement Programme (NatPatSIP). We work to implement patient safety initiatives and quality improvements, coordinating and collaborating 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 guided by the NHS Patient Safety Strategy .
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.
Our current work includes safety improvement programmes in Maternal and Neonatal care, the identification of deteriorating patients, Mental Health care, Medicines Safety and Respiratory.
Information and resources relating to the collective patient safety effort of all 15 AHSNs can be found on The AHSN Network – Patient Safety Collaboratives web pages.