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Scottish Patient Safety Programme

The world leading Scottish Patient Safety Programme was launched in January 2008 as a five year programme. Its current aim is to reduce Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios to 20 per cent by the end of 2015. Figures published to the quarter ended December 2014 show mortality has reduced by 16.1 per cent.

The overall aims are achieved by applying evidence-based interventions to improve the reliability and safety of routine healthcare systems and processes.

A key element of the programme is that staff caring directly for patients lead the changes and are able to monitor their improvement through the collection of real time data at individual unit level. The programme also demonstrates partnership working between Scottish Government and NHSScotland towards a shared ambition of providing safe care to every patient and, is making a significant contribution to achieving sustainable quality across NHSScotland.

The Acute Adult programme, which is one of four main programmes, is now organised into nine priority areas for improvement:

  • Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Sepsis
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Falls
  • Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
  • Deteriorating Patients
  • Heart Failure
  • Surgical Site Infections
  • Safer Use of Medicines

The other three programmes are: Maternity and Children; Mental Health; and Primary Care.

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme is co-ordinated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.