Scottish Patient Safety Programme in
Patient safety - it’s no trouble at all
Scotland’s Patient Safety Programme has
been running in Scottish acute hospitals for over 4 years, during
which time it has achieved some remarkable results, including
significant reductions in ventilator acquired pneumonia and central
line infections in critical care units in test sites
However, patients receive care from a range
of services – most notably, from their local GP. We need to ensure
that primary care is safe and that patients don’t fall through the
gaps as they move across different parts of our healthcare
The aim of the Scottish Patient Safety
Programme in Primary Care is to reduce the number of events
which could cause avoidable harm from healthcare delivered in any
primary care setting. In order to achieve that goal, we have
developed a range of tools and resources to support those working
within primary care to bring about a patient safety culture
within their teams.
- Safety culture improving patient
safety through the use of trigger tools (structured case note
reviews) and safety climate surveys.
- Safer medicines:
including the prescribing and monitoring of high risk medications,
such as warfarin and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs
(DMARDs) and developing reliable systems for medication
reconciliation in the community.
- Safety at the
interface by focusing on developing reliable
systems for handling written and electronic communication and
implementing measures to ensure reliable care for patients.
The programme will give you access to
tools, resources and learning which will help you directly
influence patient safety within your primary care setting.