Essentials of Safe Care

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) Essentials of Safe Care publication has been launched today (11 March).

The Essentials of Safe Care (EoSC) aims to provide evidence-based guidance for the safe delivery of care in all settings. This work brings together existing guidance and standards into one package, which can be applied in any health or social care setting. This has been a whole system team effort from day one bringing together stakeholders from across health, social care, third and independent sector and housing.

The EoSC package can be found here ihub.scot/spsp

The package contains an interactive driver diagram that outlines the key elements within each essential that can support achieving the overall aim of delivering safe care for every person within every setting every time. Each essentials provides a range of information and resources based on best evidence available, existing standards and guidelines, and examples of current practice for services to consider as part of their own improvements.

Ongoing support will be provided through the Essentials of Safe Care Learning System which aims to accelerate sharing of learning and improvement work through a range of engagement and learning opportunities. These will include the development of an Essentials of Safe Care network, webinar series, website where case studies and resources will be published, measurement framework and improvement support.  A series of awareness raising webinars will be delivered during March followed by topic-specific session throughout 2021 open to all to participate within. The package will continue to evolve in line with what is happening within the system and feedback from services who are using it. You can also follow developments through social media via #spsp247 and #TheEoSC.

Scottish Care will be hosting a webinar on the EOSC with colleagues from Healthcare Improvement Scotland on Thursday 29 April at 2PM. This session will be hosted by our Transforming Workforce Lead, Jacqui Neil. She will be joined by:

  • Jo Matthews – Head of Improvement Support and Safety, Improvement Hub (ihub), Healthcare Improvement Scotland

This session aims to

  • provide an overview of this package of guidance and support,
  • explore how it can benefit your service, both service users and staff,
  • hear from teams about how they plan to use it, and
  • describe the system to support implementation and learning

Details to join this webinar session will be available on the Members Area of this website shortly. If you have any issues accessing this area, please contact [email protected].