Patient Safety Collaboratives and the Academic Health Science Networks which host them, are supporting their local health and care systems during the response to the COVID-19 outbreak in hospitals, care homes and the community.

There are resources available here for people working in:


The AHSN Network has published a report on Safer care during COVID-19 as part of the NHS Reset campaign. It illustrates some of the creative ways PSCs supported their local systems during the pandemic and how this experience will be built into future patient safety programmes.


Spotting serious illness and sepsis

Some people are more at risk than others of becoming unwell very quickly and developing a serious illness such as sepsis. Find out about the tools available to help you recognise physical deterioration and take the appropriate actions.

COVID virtual ward models use pulse oximeters to safely monitor and support patients at home, providing an opportunity to detect a decline in the patient’s condition that might require hospital review and admission. Patient Safety Collaboratives are supporting the implementation of COVID virtual wards and the use of pulse oximeters in their local health and care systems. Find out more here.


Safe tracheostomy care

A toolkit for healthcare staff has been published by the National Tracheostomy Safety Project (NTSP) in collaboration with the AHSN Network and the National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to support healthcare staff who are looking after patients with tracheostomies. Download the toolkit here.


Wound care self-care guidance

The AHSN Network is supporting NHS England to develop a national Wound Care Strategy and has developed this guidance in response to the COVID-19 situation.


Only Human: supporting wellbeing during and post COVID-19

The Health Innovation Network has launched a campaign called #OnlyHuman designed to positively support front-line health and care staff to prioritise their physical health and emotional wellbeing needs, which has undoubtedly been affected due to the impact of COVID-19.

You can find more details and download the materials from the Only Human web page.


Support for healthcare workers’ wellbeing

This extract from a forthcoming report on learning from deaths across the 15 Academic Health Science Networks and Patient Safety Collaboratives provides reflections on promoting staff wellbeing and some examples of good practice. You can download the extract here, which includes links to many useful resources.

Meanwhile, a new online package is available to support NHS staff and healthcare students with psychological wellbeing during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The package has been developed by Dr Holly Blake from the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with the University of Leicester.  It contains information, advice and tips on:

  • Psychologically safe work environments
  • Communication
  • Social stigma
  • Accessing social support
  • Self-care strategies
  • Rest, shift work, fatigue and sleep
  • Managing emotions during the pandemic


Helping break unwelcome news

We have worked alongside Health Education England to publish a set of materials and films which aim to support staff through difficult conversations arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. You can download the tools here.


COVID-19 resources

This document is a summary of some of the official information sources and website links for COVID-19. Information is constantly updated, so keep an eye on the NHS website too: