About the collaborative

The South of England Mental Health Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Collaborative is funded and supported by the five Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) in the South of England. 

In partnership with the five AHSNs, the Collaborative is led and delivered by a faculty of committed professionals. Membership to the Collaborative made up from the 16 Mental Health Trusts in the South of England.

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What we do

The Collaborative empowers people with lived experience and healthcare staff to work together to identify and develop solutions to local problems. These will then be implemented and tested within local healthcare organisations before being shared nationally with other collaboratives.

The Collaborative support individuals, teams and organisations to build skills and knowledge about quality and safety improvement, creates space and time to work on safety issues, and provides opportunities to continually learn from each other.


South of England Collaborative-2 from West of England AHSN on Vimeo.




Model for Improvement








How we do it

  • Bringing together the mental health organisations in the South of England to form a Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Collaborative;
  • Supporting organisations to develop a safety culture and to become a system for learning;
  • The collaborative uses the Model for Improvement as a framework to guide improvement work;
  • Build the quality improvement capability in members, providing the opportunity to become learners of quality improvement and develop into leaders of quality improvement;
  • Develop the capacity and capability for co-production in quality improvement work of participating organisations;
  • Make improvements to quality and reduce variation in clinical practices and aim for 95% reliability in care processes;
  • Create a network that uses measurement for improvement and learning, and uses the model for improvement to develop test and spread new or existing, local and national innovation;
  • Use Life QI, a web software platform built to support and manage quality improvement work in health and social care. It enables frontline staff to easily run improvement projects to share progress and ideas. Please go to Learning Development for more information.



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MHC Annual Review 2018/2019


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