Measuring & monitoring safety

Related pages

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Measuring and monitoring of safety framework The overarching Measuring and monitoring of safety framework

How safe is our care?" website
Collaborative website with shared learning from all of the UK wide regional bodies involved in testing the measuring and monitoring of safety framework.

Youtube: Testing the framework in Scotland
Visit the healthcare improvement scotland YouTube site to view a suite of videos on our work to introduce the framework in Scotland


We produce a regular update newsletter with information on the work of the Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Programme. You can read a selection of our recent newsletters below:

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Measurement and monitoring of safety

The measurement and monitoring of safety within a healthcare system is an important step to support the delivery of high quality patient care.

In 2013 the Health Foundation published a report ‘The measuring and monitoring of safety’. The report outlines a framework with five key elements, for measuring and monitoring safety within a healthcare system.

The Health Foundation is working with Healthcare Improvement Scotland and three other regional improvement bodies (Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA), Haelo and Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Academy) to develop and test the framework locally.

Our interactive guide

We have developed an interactive guide containing case studies, resources, templates, videos and learning from our testing which is available from our collaborative website. Monthly calls and UK-wide events for anyone with an interest in the framework are currently being organised. 

To access our guide and to find out more about our forthcoming national events, visit:

Our continuing role

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is continuing to work with the three regional improvement bodies, funded by the Health Foundation, on phase two of the programme until January 2018.

Our main aims are to work on the national alignment of the framework with healthcare improvement programmes and national policy, as well as continuing to learn from teams and organisations who want to test the framework within their own healthcare context.

Video: The potential of the framework

The following video features our national clinical lead Dr Jonathan Kirk describing the potential of the framework for the measurement and monitoring of safety to improve healthcare in Scotland.

More information on this work can be found on the Health Foundation website or by contacting us via email: