The Academic Health Science Network’s (AHSN) plan 'Patient safety in partnership' has been developed to support the NHS Patient Safety Strategy and sets out how England’s 15 AHSNs, and the Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) they host, will work more closely with their local health and care organisations to improve safety both in hospitals and community-based services such as care homes.
The paper sets out how the AHSN alongside the PSCs have improved patient safety and their goals for the future:
- We will support the foundations of the national strategy: a patient safety culture and a patient safety system, across all settings of care.
- The PSCs will deliver the patient safety strategy improvements and seek the next tranche of national programmes for national adoption and spread.
- We will work with our members, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to roll out and embed these national initiatives in the local areas, ensuring ownership and sustainability.
- We will work alongside the Regional Patient Safety Teams focusing on their system-wide objectives to support STPs and ICSs to identify and implement transformational change. Each region will have differing local needs depending on their starting point, but there will be cross-cutting themes that every PSC can support in a standardised way. Following the adoption and spread of the national initiatives, the AHSN network can support the seven regions with the national programme of capacity and capability building, utilising our local academies and delivery mechanisms for integrated quality improvement, Health Foundation training and innovation training.
- We will support the capacity and capability and leadership development programmes particularly helping our local system leaders and partners to build knowledge and understanding of the innovation landscape and the opportunities this affords their own organisation’s and wider system’s safety agendas.
We will build on the operational and strategic relationships we have with other national bodies also interested and engaged in the world of patient safety. In particular, we will strengthen our partnership with:
- The Health Foundation (HF), which has supported the development of the early phases of a number of projects that have developed into national patient safety initiatives;
- Health Education England (HEE) to deliver the safety mandate, building on our existing relationship which sees us working together on joint programmes of work such as learning from deaths and the response to the Topol Review, focusing on the opportunities for safety from genomics, artificial intelligence (AI) and the digital revolution.