National Programme —

Mental Health

Aiming to improve safety and outcomes of mental health care.

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Reducing the incidence of restrictive practice in inpatient mental health and learning disability services by 50%.

Improving the sexual safety of patients and staff on inpatient mental health units by 50% above the baseline. 

Reducing suicide and self-harm in inpatient mental health services, the healthcare workforce, and non-mental health acute settings. 

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 2024. 

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, 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. 

For more information please contact our Patient Safety team.

This programme builds on successful programmes coordinated by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH), which is hosted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The South West AHSN is working in partnership with the South of England Mental Health Quality and Patient Safety Collaborative to create the conditions for success by: 

  • Supporting our NHS Mental Health 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. 
  • Developing the capacity and capability for 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. 
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