Safer Clinical Systems Developed as a five-year phased programme, Safer Clinical Systems helped health care teams proactively identify potential safety breaches, enabling them to build better, safer health care systems


This programme is closed for applications.

  • A five-year phased programme that ran from 2008 to 2013.
  • Funded by the Health Foundation with technical support provided by a consortium from the University of Warwick.

We believe that by addressing the current variation in health care processes and by developing safer systems and culture, we can reduce avoidable harm.

The Safer Clinical Systems programme built on the insights and learning gained from the Health Foundation’s Safer Patients Initiative, which looked at interventions at the point of clinical care. Safer Clinical Systems took a wider view, looking at the entire system of care in order to improve safety.

The programme took a fresh and proactive approach to safety improvement. Rather than waiting until a problem has occurred, the programme helped health care teams proactively identify potential safety breaches, enabling them to build better, safer health care systems.

The programme took a phased approach over five years:

Phase 1: October 2008 – December 2010

The teams developed a common approach to improving the reliability of their systems. Working on individual projects, they developed and tested a range of interventions to improve patient safety.

Phase 2: Until the end of September 2013

The approach developed in phase one was tested by teams across the UK, demonstrating the lessons and successes of phase 1 on a larger scale.


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