Patient safety

Patient safety programme

Ensuring that patients are kept safe within the healthcare setting is central to ensuring improvements in the quality of patient care. A number of initiatives within our organisation are aimed at improving patient safety from a variety of perspectives.

Our Scottish Patient Safety Programme started in 2008 and is currently bringing about a range of local improvements, including dedicated initiatives relating to sepsis, primary care, paediatric care, mental health and maternity care.

Our next key stage is to deliver an integrated programme for patient safety improvement that will support boards across all the key initiatives and in line with Scottish Government ambitions.

But the changes that we take place can’t just be for the short term. To help keep patients safe well into the future, we will work with NHS boards to ensure that they have an internal structure that allows for a culture of self-sustaining and continuous quality improvement.

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