Workstreams

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) is now part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Improvement Hub supporting improvement across health and social care. This is a unique national programme that aims to improve the safety of healthcare and reduce the level of harm experienced by people using healthcare services.

SPSP aims to support National Health and Wellbeing Outcome 7: People using health and social care services are safe from harm. The Acute Adult aim continues to be to reduce harm and mortality in hospitals.

The Acute Adult programme will continue to work with NHSScotland boards to test and implement processes that will further improve reliable care delivery across a range of clinical areas.

The Acute Adult programme also supports boards to work on reducing harm from Deterioration, Falls, Pressure Ulcers and CAUTI.

Additional information and resources can be found in the members area of this website. (N.B. Access to this portal requires registration and is currently available to NHSScotland staff only).

SPSP work infographic

Measurement and Reporting

Overarching aims have been developed to support each of the key themes, with supporting outcome measures in relation to each specific topic area. Whilst the aims will be set nationally, NHS boards will set locally-specific aims against the supporting measures based on existing baselines.

Testing, implementing and measurement of processes are essential components on efforts to improve outcomes. National data reporting will focus on key theme aims and supporting outcome measures, with support around the use of process measures, focusing on development of guidance on potential measures and, where required, advice on how to use them.

Background

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Since its launch in 2008, the Acute Adult programme has contributed to a significant reduction in harm and mortality to acute adult inpatients through: 

  • introduction and development of quality improvement methodology through testing of focused safety interventions
  • testing and implementation of leadership activities that provide organisational support for safety
  • building of capacity and capability within clinical and non clinical roles 
  • tangible patient impact on patient outcomes through reduction of infection rates such as Ventilator Associated Pneumonia and Central Line Bloodstream Infections
  • widespread implementation of safety briefs, daily goal setting in ICU and surgical brief and pause
  • improvement in the recognition and treatment of Deteriorating Patients and Sepsis, and
  • transition of now well-established interventions from improvement to day to day care through the Patient Safety Essentials.

In 2012, the Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing announced stretching new aims for the Acute Adult programme:

  • To further reduce mortality in Scotland’s acute hospitals
  • To further reduce harm experienced by patients in Scotland’s acute hospitals

To achieve these aims, the Acute Adult programme will continue to work with NHSScotland boards to test and implement processes that will further improve reliable care delivery across a range of clinical areas. 

An Acute Adult 'infographic' has been developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland as a prompt for healthcare professionals to help teams understand why continuous improvement is so important.

Additional information and resources can be found below and in the member's area. (N.B. Access to this portal requires registration and is currently available to NHSScotland staff only).

  • Tools and resources
  • Flash reports and publications
  • Data and assessment
  • Useful links
  • Contact the team