Scottish Patient Safety Programme Learning System

We support care services to learn together to improve the safety and reliability of healthcare and reduce harm, whenever care is delivered.

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme Learning System aims to accelerate the sharing of learning and improvement work across all care services and underpins all our activities. Through collaborative working, sharing good practice and signposting to training resources, we aim to encourage continuous learning at all levels, in every care setting.


How do we support sharing the learning?

We do this through a range of engagement and learning opportunities:

  • organising or signposting to relevant webinars
  • capturing and sharing insights, case studies and evidence
  • facilitation of networks
  • collaborative working
  • providing practical and bespoke quality improvement and coaching support, and
  • producing guidance and implementation toolkits.

See the Essentials of Safe Care package. This practical package of evidence-based guidance describes four themes (drivers) that are considered to be essential to deliver safe care. You will find suggestions and support to make improvements in your workplace.

More information about other engagement and learning opportunities will be added.


SPSP Webinar Series (1)

11 May 2021

Join us on Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 1.00-2.00pm in the first of our SPSP webinar series. Chaired by Carole Wilkinson, Chair, Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

The focus of SPSP is moving to work in partnership with health and social care teams across Scotland. 

What to expect?

  • A focus for the next phase of SPSP, working with health and social care
  • Introduction to the Essentials of Safe Care
  • Hear how it can benefit your service, both service users and staff
  • Information on the system to support implementation and learning
  • A Q&A session networking opportunity to share learning, experiences and ask questions.

How do I join?

Click here to register and on completion you will receive a confirmation email including webinar joining details. Please keep the email handy as you will need it on the day. 


Care Inspectorate Webinar

17 March 2021

On Wednesday 17 March 2021 the Care Inspectorate hosted their latest in a series of Covid Winter Support Webinars.  This webinar focussed on the Essentials of Safe Care and aimed to:

  • provide an overview of this package of guidance and support,
  • explore how it can benefit your service, both service users and staff,
  • hear from teams about how they plan to use it, and
  • describe the system to support implementation and learning


A range of speakers from various health and care settings shared their reflections on the Essentials of Safe Care and described how they have used, and how they further plan to use, the package in their service.

  • Joanne Matthews, Head of Improvement Support and Safety, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Jill Gillies, Portfolio Lead Primary Care, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Craig Morris, Head of Improvement Support, Care Inspectorate
  • Sarah Battersby, Head of Quality and Compliance, Advinia Health Care
  • Kate McConville, Regional Quality and Compliance Manager - North, Advinia Health Care
  • Nick Price, Owner and Managing Director, myCare
  • Nancy Burns, Programme Advisor Healthcare Staffing Programme, Healthcare Improvement Scotland


The recording of the session can be found on the Care Inspectorate website here:




Contact us

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