Transforming Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

The National Patient Safety Improvement Programme’s key priority is to support NHS colleagues and the NHS system to provide the safest possible care to those at risk and patients affected by the COVID-19 virus. During this period there needs to be a co-ordinated effort across all Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) to support NHS England and NHS Improvement in the NHS response to COVID-19. Therefore, much of the existing PSC portfolio has either been paused or refocused, plus new areas have been added.

You can find out more about how the AHSN NENC PSC programme will be working towards the COVID-19 pandemic on our Patient Safety during COVID-19 page.


Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) were designed to improve the safety of patients and ensure continual patient safety learning sits at the heart of healthcare in England.

The programme provides safety improvements across all healthcare settings.

The Patient Safety Collaborative has been developing since its inception in 2016. From 7 Programmes of work in patient safety critical areas, three national workstreams have emerged:

  • Maternity and Neonatal
  • Deteriorating Patient
  • Safety Culture

In addition, the PSC NENC has supported 11 regional projects with links to these national workstreams.

Information about PSC funding support for local projects and related training can be found in the Funding Opportunities page.

The AHSN NENC is also dedicated to continual improvement and learning across healthcare and act as the local support organisation for the Q initiative.