Patient safety

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) has been improving safety in Primary Care settings for over ten years.

SPSP works in partnership with patients and teams from:

  • general practice
  • community pharmacy and dentistry
  • Health and Social Care Partnership teams
  • NHS Boards
  • Scottish Government, and
  • other National Boards.  

As Primary Care has evolved and developed new models of care delivery (in particular the widespread adoption of telephone triage and consulting), the renewed focus for SPSP in Primary Care (SPSP-PC) is to support the use of the Essentials of Safe Care in primary care settings to improve the safety of services, technologies and practices.  

For multidisciplinary teams who want to understand and improve the safety of the care they provide, the Primary Care Portfolio provides access to a range of tools that support the robust application of quality improvement methodology.

The Primary Care Learning System underpins the work of SPSP-PC. It aims to accelerate the sharing of learning and improvement work across primary care services.  

Through collaborative working, sharing good practice and exchanging practical insights, our aim is to encourage continuous learning at all levels, in every primary care setting.

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Find out more about SPSP Primary Care

Find out more about the SPSP Medicines Collaborative