The national Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme (known as MHSIP) is led by NHS England and Improvement’s patient safety team. The programme is one of five delivered by the West of England Patient Safety Collaborative. Read more about the West of England Patient Safety Collaborative.
National programme ambitions
Our local delivery will focus on meeting the ambitions of the national MHSIP:
- Reduce suicide and deliberate self-harm in inpatient mental health services, the healthcare workforce and non-mental health acute settings.
- Reduce the incidence of restrictive practice in inpatient mental health and learning disability services by 50% by March 2024.
- Improve the sexual safety of patients and staff on inpatient mental health units by 50% above baseline by March 2024.
To oversee delivery of the MHSIP in the West of England, a local Mental Health Patient Safety Network will be established. This will build on the work and objectives of the South of England Mental Health Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Collaborative (MHC). Hosted by the West of England AHSN, 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 MHSIP and aims to improve the quality and safety of services for people with mental health conditions.
It is anticipated there will be an MHC-wide Patient Safety Network approach, with a local Patient Safety Network supporting organisations and their staff, service users, families, and carers within the West of England. In the West of England we anticipate our local Mental Health Patient Safety Network will include representatives from our region’s healthcare systems, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, Gloucester Health and Care Foundation Trust, South Western Ambulance Services Trust, community healthcare providers, mental health charities, acute trusts and people with lived experience including both past and present service users.
If you would like to join the local Mental Health Patient Safety Network, or find out more about its work, please contact Senior Project Manager, James McMahon.
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