The Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme (MH-SIP)

This programme aims to improve the safety and outcomes of mental health care by reducing unwarranted variation and providing a high-quality healthcare experience.

The programme will focus on improving patient safety for those who use inpatient mental health and learning disability services, including staff in health care settings.

The MH-SIP is designed to support teams to deliver safer services for all, using a systematic approach to how they improve. A key component of our approach is that people delivering care and their patients consider the problem and co-design the changes.

A range of evidence-based change ideas are being developed and tested in practice by the National Collaborative Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) and the local Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) work will build on this, supporting teams and service users across the Eastern region to test the changes most relevant to them.

What are the aims of the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme?

To improve safety and outcomes of mental healthcare, by reducing unwarranted variation and providing a high-quality healthcare experience for all the people across the system by March 2024.

  • Reduce suicide and self-harm in inpatient mental health services, the healthcare workforce and non-mental health acute settings.
  • Reduce the incidence of restrictive practice in inpatient mental health and learning disability services by 50% by March 2024.
  • Improve the sexual safety of patients and staff on inpatient mental health units by 50% above baseline by March 2024.

Further information

For more information, please contact Sarah Hamilton, Senior Improvement Lead at [email protected].

The Patient Safety Improvement Programmes are being delivered in our region by the Eastern Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC).

What are NatPatSIPs?

The National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (NatPatSIPs) support a culture of safety, continuous learning and sustainable improvement across the healthcare system. They are run by the Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs), which are funded and nationally coordinated by NHS England and NHS Improvement and hosted locally by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).

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