Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP)

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme was launched in 2008 and is a unique national initiative aimed to drive improvement across the whole of NHS Scotland.

The fundamental aim of the programme is to reduce avoidable harm to patients by improving the safety of patient care at all points of care delivery. Each Board in Scotland has an obligation to work towards improvements, directed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS).

It focuses on Acute (hospital based) Care, Community Hospitals, Community Care, Primary Care, Mental Health, and Maternity, Paediatrics and Neonates. Within each of these work streams, particular process and outcome measures are suggested and are summarised in the links to the left of this page. We would suggest that any projects in Lothian which are related to this work should aim to meet these measures and outcomes, displaying the application of improvement methodologies. We have included the national Driver Diagrams and links to NHS Lothian's intranet site for those working in Lothian.