Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC)

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What are Patient Safety Collaboratives?

The Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) are borne out of Professor Don Berwick’s report into the safety of patients in England published in August 2014. The report, A Promise to Learn – a commitment to act, made a series of recommendations to improve patient safety; and called for the NHS ‘’to become, more than ever before, a system devoted to continual learning and improvement of patient care, top to bottom and end to end.’’

PSCs were designed to improve the safety of patients and ensure continual patient safety learning sits at the heart of healthcare in England. The programme provides safety improvements across all healthcare settings.

PSCs were established in 2014 and are currently coordinated and supported by NHS Improving Quality. The network of 15 Patient Safety Collaboratives is led locally by England’s 15 Academic Health Sciences Networks (AHSNs).

This programme also aligns with the National Q initiative and endorses the ‘Sign up to Safety’ campaign.

Currently, the PSCs National focus is on three workstreams:

  • Maternal and Neonatal
  • Safety Culture
  • Deterioration