Safe care for every person, in every setting, every time

The Essentials of Safe Care is a practical package of evidence-based guidance and support that enables Scotland's health and social care system to deliver safe care.

The Essentials of Safe Care package was developed with and for Scotland's health and social care system. The development was led by the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP).

SPSP is a national quality improvement programme that aims to improve the safety and reliability of care and reduce harm. It is underpinned by a national learning system to rapidly capture and share learning to support spread at pace and scale.

Joanne Matthews, Head of Improvement Support and Safety at Healthcare Improvement Scotland said:

"The Essentials of Safe Care is a great example of what can be achieved when health and social care teams come together around the shared goal of improving the safety of care in Scotland. Thank you to everyone involved."

The Essentials of Safe Care is structured with the following themes:

Coming soon
The new SPSP Learning System aims to accelerate shared learning from improvement work across all care services. Through collaborative working, sharing good practice and signposting to training resources, we aim to encourage continuous learning at all levels, in every care setting.

Find out more in the Essentials of Safe Care web section.