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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.

South of England Mental Health Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Collaborative

The collaborative was created in partnership with the South West AHSN and includes 11 mental health trusts across the south of England. It is aligned to the national priorities of the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme (MHSIP) and aims to improve the quality and safety of services for people with mental health conditions.

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. 

Completed projects:

Human Factors

Our Human Factors programme developed 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.


We hosted two learning events on the topic of falls. Find out more about our 2017 event “Reducing harm from falls” and our 2016 event.

Primary Care Collaborative

We worked with our member Clinical Commissioning Groups and practices across the region as part of our primary care collaborative.


Our Frailty Community of Practice launched in summer 2017. 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.

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