The programme

England’s 15 Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) play an essential role in identifying and spreading safer care initiatives from within the NHS and industry, ensuring these are shared and implement throughout the system.

The National PSC programme is funded and nationally coordinated by NHS Improvement, with the 15 regional PSCs organised and delivered locally by the AHSNs.

The Patient Safety Collaborative is in a unique position to support the delivery of the NHS patient safety strategy and facilitate improvement across the NHS by:

  • Focusing on quality improvement
  • Working directly with local teams, supporting them to make sure they have the right skills and resources to implement successful improvement
  • Focus on people-centred care, across all care settings
  • Influence across the health and care system including acute, community and mental health trusts, GPs and care homes to share good practice
  • Deliver the national mandate locally, recognising the local context and health and care architecure


“The patient safety movement is now at a critical moment: to sustain sustain momentum, there has to be recognition that things can – and should – be better.” (J Illingworth, 2015, Health Foundation

From April to June 2016 the National Reporting & Learning System had over 520,000 individual adverse events reported to them. It is worth noting that the vast majority of these (72 per cent) will not have caused patient harm, however that leaves 38 per cent that do.

How are we helping?

The solutions are not simple but, as a PSC we believe that we can make a difference by:

  • Empowering local patients and staff to work together to identify safety priorities, develop solutions, implement and test locally before sharing nationally
  • Supporting individuals, teams and organisations to build skills and knowledge about safety improvement, providing opportunities to continually learn from each other
  • Spreading innovations in patient safety, allowing teams in our area to adapt and adopt things that worked elsewhere.

NHS Improvement has identified a core set of priorities for the Yorkshire & Humber PSC. These are:

  • Improving the culture of safety
  • Early identification and management of deterioration
  • The national maternal and neonatal health safety collaborative

It is anticipated the Medicines Safety will also be a priority in the near future.

More information is available here

Our impact to date

The Yorkshire & Humber PSC has a strong track record. It has attracted funding from NHS Improvement, NHS England and the Health Foundation as a result of being delivered by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN and our Improvement Academy.

Key facts:

Next Steps

Our programme will continue to develop in response to our partners’ needs and our national commissions. As a trusted delivery partner in Yorkshire and Humber we are committed to playing our part to enact the forthcoming national patient safety strategy.

The programme will continue to work nationally with other regional PSCs to learn and share what makes a difference and spread our regional interventions (Safety Huddles and Achieving Behavioural Change)

For more information please visit our Improvement Academy’s website