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NHS England and NHS Improvement Safer Tracheostomy Care Programme

This programme was launched in response to COVID-19 to support staff to safely manage the expected rise in tracheostomy patients.


The programme was initiated in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to support staff to safely manage the expected rise in tracheostomy patients, some of whom may be looked after in make-shift care environments. Given the need to support rapid improvements in care, the work has focused on supporting implementation of three of the interventions from an original 20-site UK-wide improvement programme. These are:

  • Having bedhead signs in place for all patients with a tracheostomy/laryngectomy
  • Having emergency tracheostomy equipment available for each patient with a tracheostomy/laryngectomy
  • Use of a pathway or bundle for recording daily care

The programme forms part of the National Patient Safety Improvement Programme commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement, which UCLPartners delivers alongside the other 14 AHSNs in England.

To support delivery of this work within our region, we are engaging with each of the hospitals within our region to understand current practice with regards to the three interventions, and provide support where we can where the interventions are not in place.

A toolkit has been developed to support this work, which can be downloaded from the National Tracheostomy Safety Programme website.


Alexandra Hellyer, Improvement Advisor: