• £1.8m programme to test and develop Professor Charles Vincent and colleagues' measurement and monitoring framework
  • Four regional improvement bodies have applied this framework, Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA), Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Haelo and Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Academy
  • Began in December 2014
  • During the next phase these organisations will work with the UK Improvement alliance to spread the application of the framework over an 18 month period.

Since 2014, four regional improvement organisations have been testing a framework for measuring and monitoring patient safety across several sites as part of a major Health Foundation programme. 

The programme was based on research by Professor Charles Vincent and colleagues, published by the Health Foundation in 2013. The programme aims to translate the research into a framework that could be successfully applied across diverse healthcare settings.

The four improvement organisations: Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA), Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Haelo and Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Academy, have applied this framework in a number of different settings using a variety of measurement and improvement techniques.

The next phase of this work will see the organisations working under the UK Improvement Alliance (UKIA), a network of organisations dedicated to improving health and care in the UK, to spread the application and testing of the framework to additional sites and apply the framework in new ways. Using a set of resources and tools that have been developed by the teams, the next 18 months will see a range of activities, events, capability building workshops and opportunities to connect.

Further information on this can be found on the How Safe is Our Care website hosted by the UKIA.