The national Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme (known as MHSIP) is led by NHS England’s patient safety team. The programme is delivered locally by the West of England Patient Safety Collaborative.

Please visit our events page to find details of local patient safety meetings and webinars.

National programme ambitions

Our local delivery will focus on meeting the ambitions of the MHSIP which aims to nationally reduce the incidence of restrictive practice (RRP) by 25%  in all inpatient mental health, learning disabilities and autism (LDA) wards engaged in the programme by April 2023.

We are aiming to directly support at least 10% of wards in each of our NHS Mental Health LDA Trusts to utilise the RRP change package by testing and implementing interventions.

Our work

Read more about our work related to mental health, including the two national AHSN Network programmes: Early Intervention Eating Disorders and Focus ADHD.

More broadly, we are working to support equity of care and life expectancy for people with learning disabilities, and the adoption and spread of proven innovations, diagnostics and technology for this community.  Read more about the South West Learning Disabilities Collaborative.

Working collaboratively

The  Collaborative is hosted by the West of England AHSN. Membership includes Kent, Surrey and Sussex AHSN, Oxford AHSN, South West AHSN, Wessex AHSN and 16 mental health trusts across the south of England. The Collaborative 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.

We host regular all-day collaborative learning events and coaching sessions throughout the year, these focus on reducing health inequity in care; sharing change ideas and learning and anything related to improving quality in patient safety. To find out more, please email James McMahon, Senior Project Manager.

Get in touch

For more information on our mental health work and events, please contact our patient safety team.

You can also stay up to date with all our news and events by signing-up to receive a monthly West of England newsletter.

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Improving patient safety

Our award-winning support for improving patient safety is central to our work in transforming health services and systems.

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Mental Health

At the West of England AHSN we are working on a wide range of initiatives related to mental health diagnoses and treatment.

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