East Cheshire, Greater Manchester

Patient Safety Collaborative

Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire

Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Patient Safety Collaborative (GMECPSC)

England’s 15 Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) play an essential role in identifying and spreading safer care initiatives from within the NHS and industry, ensuring these are shared and implemented throughout the health and care system.

PSCs are funded and nationally coordinated by NHS England and NHS Improvement and hosted locally by the Health Innovation Network.

They deliver the National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (NatPatSIP), which are a key part of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy, and collectively form the largest safety initiative in the history of the NHS.

Each PSC works with its local Integrated Care System (ICS) to develop and spread innovative improvement methods, which are systematic, evidence-based and measurable. Approaches may use Safe and Reliable’s framework for high reliability healthcare and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) model for improvement.

National Patient Safety Improvement Programme (NatPatSIP)

The programme’s aim is to continually reduce error, harm and death as a result of failures in the system, so that the NHS becomes comparable with the safest health care services in the world by 2025. They do this by supporting the ICS priority areas such as maternity units, emergency departments, mental health trusts, GP practices and care homes to make improvements to patient care around the following areas:

  • Culture: They promote positive safety culture, encouraging staff to gain insight and share learning from both good and poor practice.
  • Evidence-based improvement: They support evidence-based, quality improvement (QI) methodology, ensuring change is consistently measured and evaluated.
  • Quality improvement (QI) capability: They grow QI capability in trusts and local healthcare systems so they can continue to improve.
  • System-level change: They enable regional and local health systems to identify improvement priorities and share learning.

The National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (NatPatSIP) collectively form the largest safety initiative in the history of the NHS. They support a culture of safety, continuous learning and sustainable improvement across the healthcare system.

The NatPatSIP’s current 2022-23 work is focused across five safety improvement programmes, as shown in this ‘driver diagram’ (click to download a PDF):

The aim is to test and spread effective safety interventions and strategies, learn from excellence and support systems to continuously improve

  • Managing adult deterioration in care homes
  • Managing paediatric deterioration in acute settings (to end Q2 2022/2)


  • Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) and Safety Networks
  • Improve the optimism and stabilisation of the preterm infant
  • Improve the early recognition and management of deterioration in women and babies
  • To reduce harm from opioid medicines by reducing high dose prescribing (>120mg oral Morphine equivalent), for non-cancer pain by 50%, by March 2024

Current programmes (click the image to read more)

Managing Deterioration Safety Improvement Programme

Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme (MatNeoSIP)

System Safety Improvement Programme

Medicines (MedSIP)

Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Safety Improvement Programme

Case Studies

Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Patient Safety Collaborative Case Study: Maternity Voices Sam Wheelan and Gillian Bardsley

Supporting Patient Voices

Gillian Bardsley's story

COVID-19 Virus Illustration

Patient Safety during COVID-19

Supporting the system

Patient with tracheostomy

Improving tracheostomy safety

Expert blogs

COVID Oximetry@Home

Detecting the early signs of deterioration

To find out more about the PSC contact: patientsafetycollaborative@healthinnovationmanchester.com and follow them on Twitter @GMEC_PSC

You can find out more about the National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes and view more resources

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