Health Innovation North West Coast leads the Patient Safety Collaborative for the North West Coast and delivers the National Patient Safety Improvement Programme in the region.

The National Patient Safety Improvement Programme (NPSIP) is the largest safety improvement initiative in the history of the NHS. Since its inception in 2014, the programme has been addressing national patient safety concerns. It works with patients, carers, clinicians, managers and safety experts, supporting the system to improve and uphold safety as a top priority.

The Patient Safety Collaboratives, delivered by the Health Innovation Network, work collectively on a number of national work streams with staff in hospitals, community settings, primary care and care homes.

23/24 National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes


Managing Deterioration

Aim: To reduce deterioration associated harm across systems by improving the prevention, identification, escalation and response (PIER) to physical deterioration by March 2024.

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Aim: To reduce the severe harm and death associated with medicines by 50% over 5 years.

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Maternity and Neonatal

Aim: To improve the safety, outcomes and experience of maternity and neonatal care for women, babies and families in England. It builds quality improvement expertise through coaching maternity and neonatal staff through a range of mechanisms including hosting learning events and special interest groups to support system wide learning, improvement and collaboration around identified programmes of work.

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Mental Health

Aim: To provide both bespoke support to mental health trusts on their individual safety priorities as well as support around challenges that are common across many or all local systems.

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Previous programmes

Adopt and spread

This work facilitates and accelerates the spread and adoption of effective, evidence-based practice across England. The programme is supporting the spread and adoption of the following priority interventions:

  • Tracheostomy
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and Asthma Discharge Care Bundles

Additionally the programme will identify evidence-based interventions that will help inform future priorities.

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