SPSP Acute Adult updates

This page will be updated until September 2023 when the programme is due to come to an end.

SPSP Acute Adult Collaborative Webinar Series: Creating a Culture of Change for Falls in Scotland (November 2022)

We were privileged to have Professor Brian Dolan OBE join us to deliver this wonderful Webinar with a focus on:

  • How might we make falls everyone’s business and why this matters
  • Discussing a culture of embracing risk and promoting mobilisation
  • Exploring a Social Model for Change in Scotland

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Recordings and resources…


SPSP Deteriorating Patient Webinar: Using eObservations to recognise and respond to deterioration (September 2022)

Dr Gavin Simpson, Dr Nicola Maran and Karen Goudie delivered presentations that:

  • Shared learning from three boards who have taken different approaches to electronic observations
  • Explored and discussed the benefits and challenges of using eObservations in NHS Scotland

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Webinar recordings:


Cardiac arrest

The following resources are designed to support acute hospital teams to use quality improvement methods to improve the processes of identifying and learning from cardiac arrests within their board. 

SPSP Acute Adult national learning event (May 2022)

The national learning event Improving Patient Safety: Learning Together attracted 130 delegates in person with a further 58 delegates joining virtually through a hybrid option.

Aims of the event:

  • Share collaborative improvement work with a focus on the Essentials of Safe Care, falls and deteriorating patient
  • Provide a networking and learning opportunity for SPSP Acute Adult Collaborative Teams
  • Offer an opportunity from both workstreams to come together with their boards and plan next steps


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Recordings of the morning plenary sessions:


Principles of a structured response (May 2022) 

The SPSP Acute Adult programme have co-designed principles for a structured response to deterioration with clinicians from across Scotland. The principles have been developed to support existing local processes in place to respond to deteriorating patients. The expectation is that teams will map these principles against current practice in order to improve the care of the deteriorating patient.

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Sepsis position statement (May 2022)

In response to the recent Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (A0MRC) and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign publications, we have produced a statement updating the SPSP approach to sepsis care.

Evaluation Report of using a virtual Expert Reference Group model (April 2022)

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme Acute Care team used virtual methods, during COVID-19, to successfully co-design and launch a national breakthrough series collaborative focused on improving safety and reliability of acute care. The evaluation report of using a virtual Expert Reference Group model to do this can be accessed below


Falls webinar series Falls: Time for Movement (March 2022)

Professor Dawn Skelton and Erin Walker delivered presentations that

  • Discussed best practice in relations to falls, frailty and deconditioning
  • Shared experience of promoting an “Active Wards” approach in an acute hospital setting
  • Provided an opportunity for discussion and Q&A’s


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Hospital huddles & safety briefs: case study (November 2021)

The SPSP Acute Care Team, working alongside colleagues in Scottish Government and NHS boards have undertaken a rapid piece of work to understand the purpose, design and delivery of hospital huddles, a critical tool for safe communication within and between teams. The learning from the first stage of this work has informed the development of core elements of hospital huddles.

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SPSP Acute Adult Collaborative launch event (September 2021)

The launch event was held virtually over a morning plenary session and afternoon sessions focused on falls and deteriorating patient

The morning plenary session explored

  • The history and current work of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP)
  • The next phase of the SPSP Acute Adult Work
  • The future collaborative improvement work focused on reducing harm and improving patient safety


The afternoon sessions covered

  • The falls/deteriorating patient improvement work
  • An overview of the driver diagrams, change packages and measurement plans
  • The practical application of a change concept from the driver diagram using the model for improvement


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Flash report