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Patient Safety And Clinical Skills

Networks and Groups

There are various networks and groups, across Scotland and beyond, which exist to share knowledge, skills and experience to improve patient safety. Some of the key ones are listed below.

For doctors, nurses and other clinicians new to Patient Safety:

Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP)
- The Scottish Patient Safety Programme exists with the aim of steadily improving the safety of hospital care across Scotland. This will be achieved by using evidence-based tools and techniques to improve the reliability and safety of everyday health care systems and processes. Real-time data will be gathered unit-by-unit, and the staff caring directly for patients will lead the changes required to achieve the aims of the Programme.

For those wanting to become more involved in Patient Safety, and those involved in education and training:

Scottish Patient Safety Fellowship
- This exists to: develop and strengthen clinical leadership capability to support the SPSP; to contribute to the development of a long term quality improvement and patient safety culture; to establish a learning support network for transformational leadership; and to strengthen existing collaborations within NHSScotland. There is also a community page for current and past fellows here.

There is an evaluation report on the first year of the Fellowship, available here: Report of the Evaluation of the Scottish Patient Safety Fellowship (September 2009) [PDF] This report's findings and recommendations are informed by a range of interviews, focus groups, direct observation, reviews of relevant course documentation and the results of two questionnaires.

NES Patient Safety Multi-disciplinary Steering Group
- This is a group of staff from across NHS Education for Scotland, working in a variety of ways to research, develop and promote a range of educational solutions to help improve patient safety.

Clinical Skills Managed Educational Network
- The Clinical Skills Managed Educational Network (CS MEN) is a national network of healthcare educators and practitioners. Its activities include: funding research and development in clinical skills education; commissioning and deploying a mobile clinical skills unit to provide equity of access to state of the art simulation facilities for remote and rural healthcare practitioners; delivering evidence-based standardised educational resources; developing a quality assurance system for assessing the teaching of clinical skills.