Ten years of improving safety


Not only is 2018 the 70th Anniversary of the NHS, it is also the 10th Anniversary of the launch of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP).

In recognition of this important milestone, this online resource is being developed to celebrate its impact and recognise all those who have contributed to its success. 


Since the launch of SPSP on January 14 2008, the programme has expanded to support improvements in safety across a wide range of care settings including Acute and Primary Care, Mental Health, Maternity, Neonatal, Paediatric services and in Medicine safety. Underpinned by the robust application of quality improvement methodology SPSP has brought about significant change in outcomes for people across Scotland.

SPSP is now embedded within Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Improvement Hub (ihub) supporting improvements within NHSScotland  boards and most recently expanded into health and social care partnerships.



"Over 2018 the SPSP10 Campaign will reflect on the work and achievements made, hear from those who have been part of the journey and look forward to what's next for safety."

Joanne Matthews, Head of Improvement and Safety  

Featured in Holyrood Magazine

In the current edition of The Holyrood Magazine the Scottish Patient Safety Programme is featured in “More than mortality rates”.



Patient Safety Awards

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme has been shortlisted for a Patient Safety Award in the category for the Patient Safety Team of the Year Award. The winner will be announced in Manchester on 9 July 2018.



View the latest stories on SPSP10 within the ihub news section