Quality improvement for patient safety: a chance to steady the ship?

Quality improvement for patient safety: a chance to steady the ship?

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This is a resource by the Kings Fund on patient safety. Throughout the autumn of 2018, The King’s Fund interviewed leaders and experts on quality improvement as part of an independent review of the patient safety collaboratives programme from the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), a group of collaborative improvement networks set up following Don Berwick’s review of patient safety after the Mid Staffordshire scandal to support NHS organisations in projects to improve safety. Over their first four years, the collaboratives have delivered some fantastic improvement programmes: an emergency laparotomy collaborative that delivered a 42 per cent reduction in risk-adjusted mortality; or a falls collaborative that delivered a 60 per cent reduction in falls. Yet the NHS’s difficult relationship with quality improvement remains apparent, for example in the varying readiness of NHS providers for improvement projects.

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