The National Patient Safety Improvement Programme (NPSIP) is in a unique position to identify and support the spread and adoption of effective evidence-based practice across England.

This work stream facilitates and accelerates the pace of adoption making sure that the whole system can benefit from these interventions.

The programme is supporting the spread and adoption of interventions in three priority areas, and will also identify evidence-based interventions that will help inform future priorities by developing an improvement and innovation pipeline.


Priority Areas

Acute exacerbation of COPD or asthma attacks

COPD hospital discharge care bundle

COPD is the second most common lung disease in the UK with an estimated 1.2 million people living with the condition. The British Thoracic Society (BTS) developed a COPD Discharge Care Bundle with the aim of improving care and reducing readmissions for patients admitted with an acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD).


Tracheostomy safety

We are offering support in dealing with the expected rise in numbers of tracheostomies and the discharge of patients from ICUs to wards with a tracheostomy due to COVID-19. The focus will be on ward level care and transitions into community settings and includes bedhead signage; a tracheostomy daily care bundle; and emergency equipment.

A tracheostomy toolkit for healthcare staff has been published by the National Tracheostomy Safety Project (NTSP) in collaboration with the AHSN Network and the National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes. 

The toolkit and other detailed guidance and resources for healthcare staff in caring for patients with tracheostomies can be found on the website of the National Tracheostomy Safety Project, a quality improvement collaborative that aims to improve tracheostomy care and safety.


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