Previous events and learning sessions

Learning Sessions are an opportunity for the programme to come together with the aim of capacity building and are based upon Quality Improvement techniques. The sessions disseminate new ways of working, have introduced techniques to monitor patient safety and allow for networking, thus encouraging the sharing of methods and initiatives to improve patient safety in mental health. Approximately 1500 delegates have attended the 5 national learning sessions with 1360 delegates attending the regional learning sessions.

Regional Learning Sessions - January to March 2018

The fifth round of regional learning sessions for SPSP-MH included the Scottish Patient Safety Programme - Improving Observation Practice. These events took place between 31 January and 27 March 2018 they focused on the local priorities and the work being undertaken by the participating NHS boards with the agendas being co-designed. A report on the learning events, which includes the agendas, can be seen below.

Mental Health Learning Events 2018 report

Going Beyond Harm - June 2017 to February 2018

Following the Going Beyond Harm event held in Glasgow on 31 August 2016, we committed, with Carers Trust Scotland, to hold regional versions of the event in remote and rural communities. The aim of these events were to capture the views and experiences of carers and professionals about mental health services, to share this learning and to engage with carers and professionals, supporting carers. 

Events were held in Oban (26 June at The Coran Halls), Dingwall (5 September at Dingwall Community Centre), Perth (24 October at the Dewars Centre) and Galashiels (5 February at The Volunteer Hall). A report on each event was created, with a final report summarising the themes from discussions across the events in relation to improving mental health services for remote and rural areas.

Oban report

Dingwall report

Perth report

Galashiels report

Going Beyond Harm - combined events report

In it together: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - building partnerships - November 2017

This was the second event co-hosted with the Mental Health Access and Improvement Support Team (MHAIST) in 2017. The aims of the event were:

  • Ensuring that service users and carers are at the center of all Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Celebrate and share practical examples of improvement projects, hearing from teams that have reduced harm/ are continuing to reduce harm in health and social care services across Scotland and beyond (reducing harm) and where teams have increased access to mental health services across Scotland and beyond (mental health access)
  • Networking across communities to learn from their experiences of person centred care, reducing harm and using quality improvement in mental health services (network)
  • Have an increased knowledge and understanding of quality improvement methods and how these can be applied to mental health services (Quality improvement)

In it together: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - building partnerships delegate pack

In it together: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - building partnerships flash report

Regional Learning Sessions - February 2017

The fourth round of regional learning sessions were held in February with a focus on the work being undertaken by the participating NHS boards. Attendees also had the opportunity to attend world cafe sessions to discuss Recovery, Relationships, Principles and Equally Fit. A report on the regional learning sessions will be available in due course. 

North Regional Learning Session agenda
East Regional Learning Session agenda
West Regional Learning Session agenda

Scottish Patient Safety Programme for Mental Health presentation
North Regional Learning Session Board presentations
East Regional Learning Session Board presentations
West Regional Learning Session Board presentations

Development and Improvement Day for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - January 2017

This event was co-hosted with the Mental Health Access and Improvement Support Team (MHAIST). With the aim that delegates will have an increased understanding of how they can work at a local and a national level, using quality improvement methods, to ensure CAMHS are Safe, Timely, Effective and Person-Centred by drawing on the support from each other, national teams and the ideas and innovations shared at this event. The delegates included representatives from Health and Social Care, third sector organisations, service users and carers, families. A report on the event is available below.

Development and Improvement Day for CAMHS Agenda
Development and Improvement Day for CAMHS Event Report

Going Beyond Harm - August 2016

The event was organised with Carers Trust Scotland and was aimed at carers of people (adults, children or young people) with mental health problems who have, or may have, used mental health services, such as inpatient services or community health service. The event brought together carers and staff from mental health services throughout Scotland.

The aim of the event was to gather carers' and staff views on how their involvement in services can help improve safety for service users, staff and carers within mental health services and, ultimately, share the learning with each other to support improvement and avoid harm. Following the event a report was shared with the attendees.

Going Beyond Harm Agenda
Going Beyond Harm Event Report

Phase 2 - Safety Principles in Mental Health and Phase 3 - Scoping Future Activity - March 2016

Meetings were held to allow workstream development groups to review, discuss and feedback on the safety principles as a whole. Attendees at the Phase 3 meeting also looked at gathering information on expanding into new areas and shaping the future programme.

Regional Learning Sessions - September 2015

The third round of regional learning sessions were held in September with a focus on the safety principles and overarching themes. Attendees had the opportunity to share learning, future plans and network. Feedback from the learning sessions will be published here in the coming weeks. To see tweets relating to the sessions please click here

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Learning Session 5 - March 2015

Learning Session 5 of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme for Mental Health was held on the 4th of March.  The event marked a period of time in the life of the programme where a number of areas across Scotland are showing reductions in restraint, violence and aggression and self harm.  

The day was around what processes, attitudes and cultural aspects that have contributed to the same.  Karen Martin from the Carers Trust addressed the delegates describing the Triangle of Care and her role as a carer.  This was followed by a Programme Update from the SPSP-MH Clinical and Programme leads detailing work to date.  Workshops were themed around the development of the key elements or ‘essentials’ in mental health that collectively contribute to a reduction in harm for those in receipt of care.  
The event was closed by Paul Gray and preceded by a mix of service users, carers, governance and front line staff completing the sentence – ‘patient safety in mental health matters to me because....’


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Regional Learning Sessions - September 2014

The second round of regional learning sessions were held in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Following on from the successful introduction in 2013 of this format the focus of these sessions was boards sharing tests of change, learning, future plans and networking with world cafés again being run. These centred on: The importance of data and the model for improvement, Climate tools (Patient and staff), service users and carers involvement, remote and rural issues. There were also breakouts for each of the change packages. 

Sample Regional Learning Session agenda


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International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) - June 2014

SPSP - Mental Health were asked by the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership to host a workshop on the subject of "Patient Safety including trauma informed care and usage of seclusion and restraint".  The aim of the event was to highlight the work being carried out across Scotland and offer the opportunity to network and collaborate with partners from across IIMHL to discuss these as themes taking into account the view of those who receive and deliver mental health care. 

IIMHL Agenda

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Learning Session 4 - March 2014

Learning session 4 had a focus on workstream development, sustainability and spread within the SPSP-Mental health programme, in addition to sharing and learning from the work that had been carried out to date. The day started with a compelling carers story and moved onto a programme update and a presentation on the role of human factors within mental health settings and then a patients story. Boards teamed up to showcase work that had been happening in each change package and in addition to breakouts for each workstream there were additional groups for data and measurement and introduction to improvement science and Patient experience and service user engagement. The day was closed by Paul Gray, Director General Health and Social Care, Chief Executive of NHS Scotland.

Learning Session 4 Agenda

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Regional Learning Sessions - November 2013

The SPSP - Mental Health team introduced regional learning sessions as a test of change to increase participation from service users, carers and front line staff in comparison to our national Learning Sessions. The learning sessions were located in Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The focus was on sharing tests of change, future plans and learning and each board was asked to give a 15 minute showcase on a driver diagram that they had been working on with tests of change supported by data. This was also the first time we used the world café format with data measurement, remote and rural issues, phase 2, Patient Safety Climate Tool, Service user and carer engagement and transfers between boards as the subject matters. 

Sample regional learning session agenda

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Learning Session 3 - June 2013

Learning Session 3 focused on person-centred care within the SPSP-Mental Health programme with plenary presentations introducing the Patient Safety Climate Tool and on compassionate leadership combined with service user and carer involvement and engagement. Breakout sessions included all 5 workstreams and service user engagement in safety, data and measurement, introduction to improvement science and understanding the patient experience.

Learning Session 3 Agenda

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Learning Session 2 - February 2013

Learning session 2 started with a patients perspective and included a general programme update from Scottish Government and SPSP-MH. In the spirit of sharing knowledge news from the pilot wards was presented and a structured networking session and board planning session also occurred. Breakout sessions were held for the 5 workstreams and 'Introduction to Improvement Science'. Storyboards were again used to allow boards to demonstrate local tests of change and learn from others.

Learning Session 2 Agenda

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Learning Session 1 - August 2012

As the introductory learning session presentations explaining the colloboratives grounding in Quality Improvement were made by representatives from Scottish Government. Service users and carers were also involved from the start with presentations on 'A Carers View' and 'A Clients Journey' with positive feedback from delegates. An introduction to improvement science session was given with delegates keen to learn more about this. Storyboards were introduced to allow boards to share and learn about best practices that already existed.

Learning Session 1 Agenda 

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