Improving patient safety is a top priority for the NHS. In July 2019, a new national strategy was published which set out a vision for improving patient safety in the NHS over the next 10 years.
UCLPartners leads a range of programmes and initiatives to improve patient safety across a range of care settings. We also build the skills of staff to enable them to improve the safety of services themselves.
Our ambition is to help create a culture of learning that drives continuous improvements in safety for the benefit of patients, carers and families.
As an Academic Health Science Network, we are part of the Patient Safety Collaborative Programme, supporting delivery of the national patient safety improvement programmes in a number of core areas. These are:
- Improving the identification and management of deteriorating patients in hospital and community settings
- Improving patient safety in maternity and neonatal services
- Supporting the adoption and spread of patient safety interventions, including PReCePT, the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative, the ED Safety Checklist and the COPD Hospital Discharge Bundle
- Improving the safety of medicines administration in care homes
We also run a range of other initiatives, networks and programmes to support improvements in patient safety. In 2019 we established an Innovation Adoption Fund for Patient Safety, offering grants to teams across the region to implement and spread innovations.