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.

Please visit our events page to find further details of all the latest patient safety meetings and webinars.

National programme ambitions

Our local delivery will focus on meeting the ambitions of the national MHSIP:

  1. Reduce suicide and self-harm in inpatient mental health services, the healthcare workforce and non-mental health acute settings.
  2. Reduce the incidence of restrictive practice in inpatient mental health and learning disability services by 50% by March 2024.
  3. Improve the sexual safety of patients and staff on inpatient mental health units by 50% above baseline by March 2024.

To see more detail about these ambitions, view a PDF driver diagram of our Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme.

Our work

You can read more about all of our work related to mental health, including the two national AHSN programmes Early Intervention Eating Disorders and Focus ADHD, here.

Working collaboratively

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 now includes Kent, Surrey and Sussex AHSN, Oxford AHSN, Wessex AHSN alongside 16 mental health trusts across the south of England. The MHC 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.

Sharing learning

On 30 November 2021 we hosted an all-day collaborative learning event, with over 90 attendees from across the South of England, focused on reducing health inequity in mental health care and sharing best practice around reducing restrictive practice. Read more about the event.

Our local Patient Safety Network will support 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, Police, acute trusts and people with lived experience including both past and present service users.

If you would like to join our Mental Health Patient Safety Network, or find out more about its work or that of the cross-AHSN Mental Health Collaborative, please contact Senior Project Manager, James McMahon.

Get in touch

For more information on our patient safety 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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