Quality improvement programmes

This programme was established by NHS Improvement (NHSI) in partnership with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who were tasked by the Secretary of State to improve patient safety in mental health trusts by delivering a national mental health safety initiative.

The overall aim of the programme is for every NHS trust providing core mental health services in England to have understood their safety priorities and begun working towards making measurable improvements in at least one key area of mental health safety by 31 March 2020. 

We're in the process of engaging with all NHS trusts providing core mental health services in England as part of the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme (MHSIP). The engagement process aligns with the CQC inspection cycle and trusts can expect to take part in the programme around one month after the publication of their CQC report.

Our MHSIP team engages with trusts along with NHSI and CQC regional teams to co-produce a safety improvement plan which: identifies the safety priorities and assets in the trust, the support that NHSI and the MHSIP will provide and the respective responsibilities of NHSI, the MHSIP and the Trust in that plan.

Our MHSIP team consists of:

  • Programme Leads
  • National Expert Advisers
  • Expert by Experience Advisers

If you have any queries about the programme, please email us

A key part of the safety improvement programme involves running a quality improvement (QI) collaborative with ward-level teams on reducing restrictive practice.

This collaborative gives ward-level teams the chance to work with leading mental health QI experts and our QI coaches, and to share learning with other teams in this area.

Applications to take part in the programme are now closed and wards have been selected. We're unable to accept any further applications at this point and all wards who were unsuccessful will be notified by email. 

Information for wards taking part

The Reducing Restrictive Practice Programme launch event is set to take place on 23rd November 2018. For further information, please get in touch with the team.

Wards who have been accepted onto the programme can look forward to attending learning sets in London on the following dates:

  • 14 January 2019
  • 11 March 2019
  • 13 May 2019
  • 9 July 2019
  • 18 September 2019
  • 5 November 2019
  • 14 January 2020
  • 14 April 2020

Each ward has been allocated a Quality Improvement coach who will support the ward throughout the programme, both face-to-face and virtually. To get in touch with your QI coach, please contact either Saiqa, Kate or Emily.    



The resources used throughout the programme will be made available for all wards/providers, regardless of whether they are participating in the programme.

Links to these resources will be uploaded here soon. 

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