Useful links

The Francis Inquiry into patient deaths at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
Berwick review into patient safety
Sign up to Safety
NHS Improving Quality
Measurement of patient safety



STP priority: Quality and safety improvement 

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There are 4.8​ million people in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. We all, as both service users and the staff who deliver health and social care, rightly expect services to be both safe and consistently improving in quality.

Patient Safety Collaborative 

Kent Surrey Sussex Patient Safety Collaborative is working to help all health and care providers in the region, as well as those who commission services, to deliver the safest care they can and to improve all the time​​. As one of 15 PSCs in England, we are part of the largest and most comprehensive safety programme of its kind in the world.

Our priorities

Our priority workstreams were identified by the people who use and deliver health and social services in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.  ​ 

Atrial Fibrillation
Increasing the identification, timely review and rate of appropriate anticoagulation. Read more >>>

Enhance clinical outcomes and quality of life for adults with type 1 diabetes. Read more >>>

Heart Failure
Heart failure is a debilitating condition that has profound implications. Read more >>>

​Emergency Laparotomy​​​
The Emergency Laparotomy programme is a two year Quality Improvement initiative. Read more >>>

Neck of Femur
Fracture of the neck of femur is associated with mortality and care for this fracture costs more than for others. Read more >>>
Pressure damage
Working to reduce pressure damage in all care settings. Read more >>>
Working to reduce sepsis incidence and mortality. Read more >>>
Safe discharge and transfer
Increasing safe, timely, respectful and dignified transfers of care. Read more >>>
Acute Kidney Injury
Reducing the incidence and mortality of AKI.
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Leadership, culture and capability
Enabling organisations to create a positive safety culture. Read more >>>
Measurements of patient safety
Intelligent use of data to drive improvement.
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Respiratory project
Aiming to improve the quality, availability and accessibility of respiratory services. Read more >>>

As well as supporting local improvement work for priority areas in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, we are also the channel for the local dissemination of nationwide patient safety schemes and projects, including:

National patient safety clusters
All Patient Safety Collaboratives in England working in similar priority areas have been grouped into clusters. We are leading the Acute Kidney Injury national cluster. Read more >>>

The Q Initiative
We are the local access point for th​e national Q Initiative, working to embed continual learning and improvement in the NHS. Read more >>>

Sign up to Safety
Sign up to Safety is an NHS England campaign aiming to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world by creating a system devoted to continuous learning and improvement.​
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Everybody with an interest in patient safety can join KSS PSC, whether you are a patient, carer, healthcare or social services staff, student, educator, researcher or work in industry, patient safety is everybody's responsibility!

Your level of involvement in entirely up to you - you can choose to stay up to date on our work by joining our mailing list or you can take a more active role in one of our clinical workstreams. All you need to do is get in touch with us: