England’s 15 Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) play an essential role in identifying and spreading safer care initiatives from within the NHS and industry, ensuring these are shared and implemented throughout the system.

The PSC is a joint initiative, funded and nationally coordinated by NHS Improvement, with the regional PSCs organised and delivered locally by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).

The Patient Safety Collaborative is in a unique position to support and facilitate improvement across the NHS and is able to:

  • Focus on quality improvement
  • Work directly with local teams, supporting them to make sure they have the right skills and resources to implement successful improvement
  • Focus on people-centred care, across all care settings
  • Influence across the health system including acute, community and mental health trusts, GPs, and care homes to share good practice
  • Identify local priorities for quality improvements that will make a difference to our local health care systems
  • Link and build relationships with frontline staff, businesses and academia helping to stimulate innovation and improvement.


The PSCs have made a collective commitment to focus their activities on three national areas of work:


Raising awareness of the impact culture has on safety, helping to create the conditions to enable health care organisations to nurture and develop a culture of safety


Reducing avoidable harm and enhance the outcomes and experience of patients who are deteriorating across England through improved recognition, response and communication and the use of early warning systems

Maternal and neonatal

Supporting the national Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative, providing quality improvement expertise and coaching to maternal and neonatal staff and hosting local learning systems to support the local maternity system.

You can find out more about the Patient Safety Collaborative on the NHS Improvement website or email patientsafety.enquiries@nhs.net. View more resources here.

If you would like to get in touch with one of the collaboratives, please use the contact details for the AHSNs.