​Patient Safety Collaborative

Collectively and individually the Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSC) play an essential role in identifying and spreading safer care initiatives from within the NHS and industry, ensuring these are shared and implemented throughout the system. 

Funded and nationally coordinated by NHS Improvement, each of the 15 regional PSCs are organised and hosted locally by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). 

Kent Surrey Sussex Patient PSC has made a huge impact on patient safety across the region, and is now leading on the rollout of two key national initiatives on behalf of the national PSC network - COPD bundle and Emergency Laparotomy. 

Our plans for 2019/20

Deteriorating patient

Continue to focus on deterioration across all care settings with the aim of improving recognition, escalation and management of the patient. This year the focus is in non- acute settings testing the use of NEWS2 and Soft tools in the recognition of deterioration. At the same time, we will strive to improve communication and safety netting to ensure increased safety across the healthcare system.

Maternity and Neonatal

The Kent, Surrey, Sussex Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative Local Learning System creates a safe space for delegates to learn from each other, define what works well and why; cutting through hierarchy and bureaucracy to rapidly spread improvements. With the programme now in its final year of a three-year programme, it is expected that the three Local Maternity Systems, finally in place, will support the PSC with a new system level project and succeed as PreCePT has done this past year.

Safer meds

The programme will focus on improving medicines safety in care homes and problematic polypharmacy through medications reviews in these discrete care settings. The work will build on our existing work in this discipline, including reducing problematic polypharmacy and the transfer of care around medicines.

Adopt and share

We'll be driving work around these four national priorities, with KSS AHSN leading the national delivery of ELC and COPD:

  • PReCePT – helping to reduce cerebral palsy in babies through the increased antenatal administration of magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) to mothers during preterm labour, costing from £1 per individual dose. With the project in its second year, we expect to reach and sustain a >85% uptake over the year
  • ED Checklist – the checklist helps to standardise and improve the delivery of basic care, including the assessment of vital signs and level of pain in the first hour of admission in emergency departments, leading to escalation of concerns in a timely manner
  • COPD bundle – the care bundle describes six high impact actions to ensure the best clinical outcomes for patients admitted with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Emergency Lap – improve standards of care for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy surgery, reduce mortality rates, complications and hospital length of stay, while encouraging a culture of collaboration and embedding QI skills to ensure sustainability of change.