Learning report: Safer Patients Initiative. Lessons from a complex, large-scale intervention to improve patient safety in the UK – February 2011

Posted on February 22, 2011. Filed under: Patient Safety | Tags: |

Learning report: Safer Patients Initiative. Lessons from a complex, large-scale intervention to improve patient safety in the UK – February 2011    The Health Foundation.

“One million people use the NHS every day – making sure they receive safe and reliable care is a massive challenge for health services. While the majority of people are treated without incident, it is estimated that one in 10 people admitted to hospital in the UK will experience some sort of harm during their stay. In nearly every case the problem is caused by unreliable healthcare systems and processes.

When the Health Foundation began the Safer Patients Initiative in 2004, there was a growing awareness of the level of harm in the NHS but no national support to the health service to reduce it. The Safer Patients Initiative was the first major improvement programme addressing patient safety in the UK.  The initiative was ground-breaking with the first wave of four hospitals working from 2004–2006 and the second wave of twenty hospitals working from 2006–2008. The purpose of the Safer Patients Initiative was to test ways of improving patient safety on an organisation-wide basis within NHS hospitals. 

This report draws not only on the independent evaluation but also on case studies from those involved in the programme and from a five-year research programme which ran alongside the Safer Patients Initiative – Journey to Safety – carried out by Imperial College London.

This learning report provides an overview of the Safer Patients Initiative (phases 1 and 2) and its evaluation, and highlights the impact of the programme, key lessons and further issues for exploration.”

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