Innovation themes - Patient Safety

The Health Innovation Network launched its Patient Safety Collaborative in October 2014 to support health and social care organisations in South London achieve their patient safety aims.

The Health Innovation Network Patient Safety Collaborative is being developed with patients and carers, frontline staff, and stakeholders, working together across the whole healthcare system - from hospitals to patients own homes - to co-design interventions and initiatives to reduce avoidable harm, save lives and embed a patient safety culture.

Our aims are to:

·Ensure that patients and carers are at the heart of our programme, actively involved in both design and delivery of projects

·Identify evidence-based and reliable practice (locally, nationally and internationally), and to scale up and spread this in a sustainable way

·Embed a safety culture for safer care through staff involvement

·Develop improvement capability within organisations and leaders

·Help staff analyse, monitor and learn from safety and quality information

·Develop interventions and initiatives which can be applied or adapted to all care settings


Priorities identified for early action include:

·No Catheter, No CAUTI – a collaborative to reduce harm from CAUTIs (catheter associated urinary tract infection) by improving appropriate urinary catheter management in patients in hospital and following discharge - launching in June

·Medications Safety (Insulin) – Support spread and adoption of successful ways of improving medicines safety in diabetes care, particularly around the point of discharge from hospital

·Dementia Falls –aims to improve screening, referral and access to falls prevention service for people with Dementia and particularly those attending Memory Assessment Clinics

·Patient Safety Leads Communities of Practice