NHS England has announced plans to create safety collaboratives, formed of a network of primary care staff, commissioners, carers and patients.
Fifteen Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) across England will identify and tackle safety issues within the NHS. The initial focus of the scheme will be on pressure ulcers, medication errors and patient deterioration, but over time local groups will be expected to identify problems in their area.
Hilary Garratt, director of nursing at NHS England, said: ‘If we do not take the opportunity to do this now, we will not have a health service that is fit for purpose. I believe we are at a crossroads in the NHS and we cannot ignore the fact that we can save lives if we reduce avoidable harms.
Speaking at a patient safety conference last week, she said it was essential to gain a better understanding of what can go wrong and to tackle key safety problems. The introduction of the PSCs is part of the patient safety campaign launched by the government this year.
NICE recently released guidance on the correct treatment and management of pressure ulcers in primary care.