PSC Programmes of Work


Serious Infection Sepsis and Community Acquired Pneumonia

The North East Quality Observatory Service (NEQOS) and Clarity Informatics collaborated with 8 NHS Foundation Trusts to develop a centralised repository to monitor the prevalence and implementation of recognised care bundles for sepsis and community.

North East Pressure ulcer Reduction Collaborative

The pressure ulcers project aims to reduce avoidable pressure ulcers by at least 50% in one year. This project has over 100 participants from ten NHS Foundation Trusts, CCGs, care homes and universities from North East and North Cumbria. This project has successfully been delivered by learning sessions, WebEx meetings and site visits.

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)

This project seeks to streamline the way clinicians across the region identify and manage patients with acute kidney injury (AKI). For this purpose, regional collaboration was established to develop and ratify consensus on AKI management and referral pathways. AKI educational materials, pathways and care bundle have been developed and the training will be rolled out in the 9 NHS Acute Trusts in the North East and North Cumbria.

Deteriorating Child (RESILIENCE)

This collaborative project aims to establish and monitor regional pathways for both sepsis and asthma for children across primary, secondary and tertiary care. Stakeholder representatives include medical and nursing staff from all acute hospital trusts across the NENC region, representatives from community-based health services (CCGs, Northern Doctors), from the North East Ambulance Service and from NECTAR, the critical care transport service. The views of patients and their parents are also being sought. Development of the pathways is underway, with trials planned to take place over the summer months.

Falls Prevention

This collaborative project builds on the existing North East Regional Falls Task Group and aims to reduce inpatient falls. A ‘FallSafe’ care bundle (based on Royal College of Physicians best practice guidelines) has been implemented on 14 wards across two NHS Foundation trusts.


Informed by local research, the ThinkSAFE project developed a number of freely available resources, such as a personal healthcare log book, patient safety video, and a dedicated website: www.thinksafe. care. The resources are designed to support the sharing of information between patients, their families and healthcare staff during a stay in hospital. This project has been successfully implemented within 5 NHS Foundation Trusts across the North East and has received national attention. ThinkSAFE was formally launched at an event in February 2016, and currently the ThinkSAFE team are examining

 Mortality Review

The North East Quality Observatory Service (NEQOS) and Clarity Informatics engaged with three foundation trusts to build a tool to deliver case note reviews of patient deaths. The structured review of the events leading up to death provide a unique insight into the care delivered at each site and allow for learning across the multi-disciplinary team.

Q Initiative

Baseline Studies