The programme

The Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) is one of 15 national patient safety improvement programmes established across the country in 2014 to act as a resource for our region.

The PSC aims to improve patient safety by acting as a catalysts, sharing good practice, testing new ideas with front line teams, promoting networking opportunities and providing key evidence based tools in a usable format. It also supports the development of a culture of safety at all levels and prioritises key areas of harm.


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.

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

How are we helping?


We are working in a number of patient safety priority areas with a wide variety of health care providers across the region.

The PSC is working with front line teams using evidence based patient safety improvement tools, providing training in quality improvement methodology and support for culture change.

More information is available here

Our impact to date

Many teams have achieved success in reducing their identified patient harm. For example, between 2014 and 2016 there has been a reduction in over 2,500 patient falls through the Safety Huddles work. Successes have also been seen in reducing mental health safety concerns, pressure ulcers and cardiac arrest calls.

Through working with front line teams, a number of tools have been co-designed and tested in practice, providing evidence that they work in the real world.

For more information please visit our Improvement Academy’s website

Next Steps

For each of our eight priorities, the programme will continue to spread into new areas of practice and to work with further teams through 2017.

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) nationally.

The programme will improve links with other improvement programmes in the region:

The programme will support local Trusts taking part in national priorities such as the National Maternal and Neonatal Patient Safety Collaborative.