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Emergency Department Collaborative

The Emergency Department Collaborative was set up in August 2016 to encourage greater collaboration between each of the six acute trust emergency departments (EDs) across the West of England, as well as the South Western Ambulance Service.

The collaborative is primarily focusing on patient safety and quality improvements interventions for ED.  Initially, this will be the implementation of the Emergency Department Safety Checklist (developed by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust) across five of the six acute trusts.

Members of the West of England Emergency Department Collaborative

The pilot of the ED Safety Checklist by University Hospitals Bristol has been fully evaluated.  The report demonstrates clear and tangible improvements in basic clinical care and patient safety in ED during the pilot period. Read the report here on the Health Foundation’s website.

To support the roll-out across the West of England, we have developed an ED Safety Checklist toolkit. A case study has also been published on the NHS Improvement Hub for improving quality and safety in healthcare.

Here is the latest version of the ED Checklist poster, to see a summary of the project including results and challenges click here.

ED Safety Checklist Scoops National Patient Safety Award

The ED Collaborative won the HSJ Patient Safety Award ‘Best Patient Safety Initiative in A&E.  The judges felt the checklist had already achieved a significant impact on patient safety and, having already spread across multiple organisations, could see the potential for wider adoption across the country.

This year saw fierce competition for the coveted Patient Safety Awards with over 550 submission, of which only 170 made it to the final cut, and from those 21 deserving winners were decided by an expert panel of judges. To read the full article, click here.

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If you would like to get involved or want more information, please email

Learning and sharing

The Emergency Department Collaborative is using the Life System for sharing learning and resources.

The Life System is a web-based platform designed to assist frontline staff running quality and safety improvement projects. It has been developed as part of the Patient Safety Collaborative in partnership with SeeData and the South West AHSN.  The Life System has been built to support team working and collaboration while maintaining the principle of an open and transparent culture.  It is not designed to collect detailed information on users, organisations or patients, and is not a performance management tool. Instead the information collected is only to be used to support improvement.

The Life System is free to access for members of the West of England AHSN and you can sign up here:

Previous events

The West of England AHSN hosted a free masterclass in April 2016 for organisations from across the country to explore how the ED Safety Checklist could be implemented in their organisation. Take a look at the presentation slides from the masterclass here.

If you would like to find out more about the ED Safety Checklist, or facilitate a Masterclass in your area or Trust, please do get in touch.


If you have any resources to share please email

NHS Wales have produced two lovely videos on the A&E department. 111 should be called rather than the Welsh number in the video.