Improving Observation Practice

nurse with patientThe Scottish Patient Safety Programme–Improving Observation Practice aims to extend and build on existing good practice in mental health services to provide an improved model of person-centred care that can be applied in any healthcare setting.

Following a national recruitment process, SPSP is pleased to announce the NHS boards who are taking part in the Improving Observation Practice programme are:

1. NHS Ayrshire and Arran
2. NHS Borders
3. NHS Lanarkshire
4. NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
5. NHS Grampian, and 
6. NHS Lothian.

The SPSP–Improving Observation Practice programme will lead on a review of the current national observation guidance and design a collaborative approach to improve support for people who are temporarily at risk of self harm or harm to others. 

We are working towards setting out a structure and framework for the multidisciplinary care team to work alongside people to ensure safety, promote recovery and reduce stigma.

A SPSP–Improving Observation Practice Steering Group has been established. Members of the group will use their expert knowledge and experience to inform and develop the Improving Observation Practice Programme moving forward and support the revision of the observation guidance (Good Practice Statement: Observation of People with Acute Mental Health Problems, 2002), improving observation practice in NHSScotland.

Service User and Carer Questionnaire 

We would like to engage with you to find out what you think about observation practice and how you feel it could be improved. To do this please complete this short questionnaire and return it using the details provided. Click here to open the questionnaire (DOC)

Networking Day

A networking and induction event was held on the 14 July to engage with all six test sites and allow them the opportunity to network and share their experiences of observation practice, aspirations, priorities and change ideas. Below are the presentations which were given on the day.

Presentations: IOP Induction and Networking Event 14 July 2016

An Induction and Networking Event for SPSP IOP Test sites.

The event brought together all 6 test sites and allowed test sites to set out their aspirations, priorities and change ideas for testing. The key theme of the event was data and measurement and establishing outcome measures. 

An interactive day with presentations delivered from a variety of guest speakers.

Document Downloads

Flash Reports

SPSP IOP October 2016 Flash Report (PDF)

Contact the Team

 To contact a member of the Mental Health team, please click on the relevant name below.

Mark Gillespie Clinical Lead
Johnathan MacLennan Improvement Advisor
Steven Robertson Programme Manager
John Holligan Senior Project Officer
Sandra Ross Project Officer
Hana Barvik Administrative Officer