Sexual Safety Collaborative (SSC) learning sets

The SSC launched on 21 October 2019, with wards on the collaborative participating in a series of learning sets throughout the programme.

These events allowed the wards to share what they are testing and give them the opportunity to network.

Materials from the learning sets are shared below for anyone to use to support their improvement journey.

Learning set resources

SSC Learning Set 4 - Agenda

SSC Learning Set 4 - Slides

Eastlake and Fernely Ward from Northwick Park Hospital shared how they use a trauma-informed approach on the ward, particularly in relation to sexual safety.

SSC Learning Set 6 - Agenda

Ward Nurse Manager, Jason Shaw, shares Arnold Ward’s progress on their sexual safety project in Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, including delivering the project in the context of a secure setting at Ashworth Hospital. 

Arnold Ward - Presentation Slides

Ward Manager, Linda Lutchmayah, and Occupational Therapist, Katrina Kedwards, on Phoenix Unit at South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust share their progress on the ward’s sexual safety project, including changes they have introduced on the ward, challenges they have overcome and plans for the future of their project.  

Phoenix Unit - Presentation Slides

Sheelagh Holmes, Matron of Eastlake and Fernely Wards at Northwick Park Hospital, shares how staff on the wards are using a trauma-informed approach to care, particularly in relation to sexual safety.


Matthew Milarski, Quality Improvement Coach at the NCCMH, outlines the key steps for implementing change ideas as part of a quality improvement project.



Nottingham presentation slides

Lee Alexander, Michelle McNealis, Juliet Miller and Julie Smalley from the Forest Close team at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, describe their sexual safety project, covering their journey from design and scope through to ensuring sustainable success.

Forest Close presentation slides

Saiqa Akhtar and Emily Cannon, Quality Improvement Coaches at the NCCMH, outline best practice for scaling up and spreading quality improvement initiatives. Teams and Trusts taking part in the collaborative also shared how they are planning to scale up their sexual safety work in their Trusts. 

Slides on Scale up and Spread

Learning Set 9 Agenda

Learning Set 9 Slide Deck

Amy Herring, co-chair of the sexual safety expert reference group, reflects on the collaborative and the journey from creating the national sexual safety standards in 2019 to the conclusion of the quality improvement collaborative in 2021.


Quality Improvement Coaches, Kate Lorrimer and Matt Milarski, present an updated theory of change reflecting the work of participating teams and centrality of psychological safety in addressing sexual safety.


Tom Ayers, Director of the NCCMH, talks to Quality Improvement Coaches, Saiqa, Emily, Kate and Matt, about their reflections on the sexual safety collaborative in a panel discussion.


Dr Helen Smith, National Advisor to the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme, reflects on the sexual safety collaborative and provides an overview of the plan to scale up and spread the learning across England.


Celebrating achievements of the Sexual Safety Collaborative

As the collaborative drew to a close, participating teams shared the change ideas they tested and their learning and reflections from their sexual safety QI projects. Many of these are showcased in this video. You can find individual team stories here.


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