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Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme

Aiming to improve safety and outcomes of mental health care.

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Reducing the incidence of restrictive practice in inpatient mental health, learning disability and autism services by 25% by April 2023.

Detailed Programme Information

Aiming to improve safety and outcomes of mental health care  

The Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme (MHSIP) seeks to reduce unwarranted variation and provide a high-quality healthcare experience for mental health inpatients by March 2023. 

Adverse incidents can have a directly harmful impact on patients, and longer-lasting consequences, preventing effective recovery. Additionally, staff welfare and morale can be negatively impacted by patient safety incidents.  

Working in partnership with The Collaborative, the South West AHSN is creating the conditions for success by developing a safety and learning culture, building Quality Improvement capacity and co-production, and creating conditions for learning, innovation, and improvement. 

The Collaborative 

The Collaborative aims to improve the quality and safety of services for people with mental health conditions through the use of quality improvement methodology.

Led by the West of England AHSN, membership includes the South West AHSN, Kent, Surrey and Sussex AHSN, Oxford AHSN, and 16 mental health trusts across the South of England. The Collaborative acts as the regional delivery vehicle for the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme, which is commissioned by NHS England and delivered by each of England’s 15 AHSNs.

Together we are creating the conditions for success by: 

  • Supporting our NHS Mental Health, Autism and Learning Disabilities member organisations to develop a safety and learning culture. 
  • Building Quality Improvement (QI) capability in members, supporting them from being QI learners to leaders of QI. 
  • Championing and supporting co-production in QI work in member organisations. 
  • Creating a network that uses measurement for improvement and learning, applying the Model for Improvement to develop, test and spread new or existing, local and national innovation. 

You can follow news and events from The Collaborative on Twitter or by searching the hashtag #TheCollabQI.

For more information about our MHSIP work or to find out about joining The Collaborative please contact our Patient Safety team.

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