Central to our work in healthcare service and system transformation is our award-winning support for improving patient safety.

Patient Safety Collaborative

Our patient safety work is delivered by the West of England Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC). We host and coordinate the PSC. Our PSC is made up of all the NHS providers and commissioners across the region, including hospitals, mental health and community organisations, the ambulance service, primary care and clinical commissioning groups. It brings together local patients and healthcare staff, all driven by a shared vision to bring about system-wide improvements to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people in the care of our health services.

Our patient safety work programme is informed by the NHS Patient Safety Strategy, and the National Patient Safety Improvement Programme (known as NatPatSIP).

Our past and current work to improve patient safety is themed across local network plans (to find out more about each programme, please click the relevant link):

We have also been working to improve patient safety during, and as we emerge from, the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more about our work related to COVID-19.

Our goal is to ensure that patients in the West of England can be confident that care is safe for patients based on a culture of openness, collaboration, continuous learning and quality improvement.


Our impact

Our work is highly regarded with many projects started in the region having been selected for national adoption and spread including PReCePT, the National Early Warning Score, Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative and Emergency Department Safety Checklist.

To read more about our impact, browse our patient safety case studies.


Supporting improvement and innovative thinking

The West of England Academy provides a range of free resources, training and events to help healthcare colleagues and innovators across the region gain knowledge and develop essential skills for innovative thinking. Our Academy also promotes the use of quality improvement methodologies to support delivery of better patient care.

Explore the West of England Academy.