Safer Patients Initiative
Safer Patients InitiativeAn initiative by the Health Foundation, a UK charity, that ran from 2004 to 2008, which was designed to test practical ways of improving hospital safety and demonstrate what could be achieved through an organisation-wide approach to patient safety. The intent was to reduce the frequency (estimated as affecting up to 1 in 10 people admitted to hospital) with which an adverse event occurs whilst hospitalised, the majority of which are caused by unreliable healthcare systems and processes.
The SPI was the first major improvement programme to start to address the issue of patient safety in the UK. It was complex and large-scale in its approach to improvement, recognising that change needed to take place across whole organisations and systems rather than focusing on individual incidents. While it did not achieve the level of organisational impact hoped for within the timeframe of the programme, it did have a significant effect and influence on participating hospitals and their staff, on patient care and on the NHS.