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Communities collaborating for safer care

Working together across the West of England, we are supporting a culture of safety and collaboration to reduce variation in practice.

Current communities of practice:

Mental Health Collaborative

We are working in partnership with two other Academic Health Science Networks to improve the quality and safety of services for people with mental health conditions across the South of England. Find out more. 

About Communities of Practice

Read our resource summary about communities of practice, and handouts on the different community roles.

Read Professor Becky Malby’s blog on facilitating communities of practice.

Completed projects:

Human Factors

Our Human Factors programme is developing the non-technical skills of support staff to enhance safer ways of working – these include teamwork, communication, leadership and an awareness of human factors when designing systems and processes. Find out more.

Community Forum

In 2015 and 2016 we hosted community forum meetings for community health service providers in the West of England to share organisational learning and challenges in order to improve patient safety.


We have hosted two learning events on the topic of falls. Find out more about our 2017 event “Reducing harm from falls” and our 2016 event. There is a also national patient falls improvement collaborative run by NHS Improvement.

Primary Care Collaborative

We are working with our member Clinical Commissioning Groups and practices across the region as part of our primary care collaborative. Find out more.


Our Frailty Community of Practice launched in summer 2017. Find out more.


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