Additional programme information

Please find additional information about the programme below.



The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) is a national quality improvement programme aiming to improve care safety and reliability and reduce harm. Commissioned by the Scottish Government and delivered by Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s ihub, the programme initially focused on acute hospitals but now includes safety improvement programmes for Acute Adult, Primary Care, Maternity and Children, Medicines and Mental Health.


Partner Organisations

We work in partnership with the Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland, Scottish Perinatal Network and our clinical communities.


Programme History

2013 – collaborative launch: MCQIC was launched as part of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, encompassing the activity of the maternity, neonatal and paediatric programmes.

2017 - programme review: The scope of the MCQIC programme was significantly condensed to make it easier for frontline teams to deliver quality improvement in a landscape that has many challenges – primarily in relation to capacity.

2018 – introduction of partnership agreements: To support the delivery of the programme partnership agreements were created with each board to form the structure of the work plan for the programme.


Evaluations and Measures of Success


Reduce avoidable harm and morbidity in women and babie(as defined by the sub aims below – how much by when to be determined locally). 

Sub aims:

  1. reduce stillbirths, and
  2. reduce severe postpartum hemorrhage.


Reduce avoidable harm and morbidity in neonates (as defined by the sub aims below – how much by when to be determined locally).

Sub aims:

  1. reduce neonatal mortality
  2. reduce harm from ventilation
  3. reduce harm from invasive lines and late onset sepsis
  4. reduce harm from neurological injury, and 
  5. reduce harm from unrecognized clinical deterioration including hypothermia.


Programme is in development.


Equality Impact Assessment 

To ensure everyone can benefit regardless of their characteristics or where they access care, we completed an Equality Impact Assessment. This highlights key equality issues that were considered and any actions we took in relation to them.  Please contact the team at for more information.