Patient Safety provides information and resources to support health care workers with experience at all levels to develop their knowledge and understanding of patient safety issues.
Three 'Quality Ambitions' (Person-Centred, Safe and Effective) provide the focus for everything NHSScotland does in its aim to deliver the best quality healthcare to the people of Scotland and, through this, make NHSScotland a world leader in healthcare quality.
While things going wrong in healthcare are not uncommon (international evidence highlights adverse events are reported in approximately one in ten hospital patients and one to two percent of primary care consultations), successful clinical outcomes are obviously the norm in the vast majority of care provided.
In the Patient Safety Zone you will find:
Patient Safety Update September 2019, circular, newsletter
Safety & Improvement February Issue Mailchimp
a PDF of the June 2017 mail chimp for Patient Safety Update
a PDF of the April 2017 mail chimp for Patient Safety Update
a PDF of the June 2016 Patient Safety newsletter
a PDF of the October 2016 Patient Safety newsletter
Safety & Improvement Update COVID-19 special - May 2020
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Health Care Associated Infections - The HAI education team is responsible for providing educational resources to support health and social care staff working in acute, community, care home/residential housing and care at home services in Scotland with educational courses on Infection Prevention and Control.
Effective Practitioner - Supporting NMAHP practitioners at Level 5 or 6 of the Career Framework for Health
The Effective Practitioner Initiative is a commitment in Scotland to support the large group of Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) practitioners at Level 5 and 6 of the Career Framework for Health. It supports the Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHS Scotland.
Vocational Qualification Finder - The VQ Finder is an online database of vocational qualifications available in Scotland and relevant to NHSScotland staff. It includes details of more than 300 qualifications, including HNCs, HNDs, SVQs, Professional Development Awards (PDAs), Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) and other qualifications from SCQF Level 4 upwards. It includes guidance for learners, employers and learning providers on selecting the most suitable qualification to meet their needs.