SPSP Acute Adult Collaborative

Following the recent launch of the next phase of SPSP, Healthcare Improvement Scotland is delighted to introduce the SPSP Acute Adult Collaborative.

Following extensive engagement with NHS boards, the collaborative has two areas of focus;

  • reducing inpatient falls, and
  • early recognition and timely intervention for deteriorating patients

This work will be underpinned by the Essentials of Safe Care.

The collaborative aims to support the implementation and spread of two recently co designed (with NHS boards) change packages to achieve the following aims


  • reduce all falls by 20% by September 2023, and
  • reduce falls with harm by 30% by September 2023

Additionally, there will be the option for local aims to be set for falls and falls with harm within the same timeframe.

Deteriorating Patient

  • reduction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation rate in acute care by September 2023
  • improved early recognition of physiological deterioration, and
  • improved care experience


The collaborative officially launched on 22nd September 2021 and will run to March 2023. NHS boards will apply quality improvement methods to test local changes, track progress and share learning through the collaborative network.

A dedicated MS Teams Channel has been established for NHS boards to connect with colleagues and the national team, ask questions, request peer support or share best practice related to the work of the SPSP Acute Adult Collaborative.

Link to join this MS Teams Channel for NHS boards




  • SPSP Acute Adult All Measures Toolkit

Key Dates




Quarterly Data Returns







Both Project Surgeries and Steering Group meetings shall be held quarterly.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Acute Care Team by emailing his.acutecare@nhs.scot.