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There’s always room for improvement

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) is a unique national initiative that aims to improve the safety and reliability of healthcare and reduce avoidable harm, whenever care is delivered.  From an initial focus on acute hospitals, the work of SPSP now includes safety improvement programmes for the following areas:
  • acute adult
  • maternity and children
  • mental health, and
  • primary care.

Whilst each programme focuses on different parts of the healthcare system, some of the improvement areas, such as leadership, communication, safety culture and safer use of medicines are key elements of every programme.

The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland has three quality ambitions to provide safe, effective, person-centred care.  The Scottish Patient Safety Programme is key to the delivery of these ambitions and supports the Scottish Government's 2020 Vision to provide safe, high quality care, whatever the setting.

For more information on the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, visit http://www.scottishpatientsafetyprogramme.scot.nhs.uk/