• New £1.8m programme to test and develop Professor Charles Vincent and colleagues' measurement and monitoring framework
  • Three regional improvement bodies have been selected to deliver the programme, Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA), Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Academy
  • They will each work with two frontline NHS organisations, to test and develop this new framework over an 18 month period.
  • Began in December 2014

The aim of the Safety Measurement and Monitoring programme is to test and develop Professor Charles Vincent and colleagues' measurement and monitoring framework, translating their research into an approach that can be successfully adopted in diverse health care practice settings.

The Health Foundation will work closely with the selected regional improvement and frontline NHS organisations to identify and create resources that can support others in the NHS to use the new approach to measuring and monitoring safety described by the framework.

The regional improvement bodies – Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA), Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Academy – will each work with two frontline NHS organisations, to test and develop this new framework over an 18 month period. Each of the three regional improvement bodies will receive up to £600,000. Of this total amount, a significant portion (at least 50%) will go directly to the two frontline NHS organisations.

The six frontline NHS organisations participating are:

  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bradford District Care Trust
  • Mersey Care NHS Trust
  • NHS Borders
  • NHS Tayside
  • North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

We will also be appointing an organisation to help those involved in the programme to use this learning to develop approaches, insights and materials that will support others in the NHS to use the framework.

From 2016, we would expect to initiate larger scale demonstration and spread activities, depending on what is learnt during this programme. Such activities will be developed with a view to feeding into other initiatives such as the safety collaboratives in England and safety programmes in other parts of the UK.