Safer Practice Framework
The Safer Practice Framework is a self-assessment tool that can assist General Practice teams to focus on patient safety and quality improvement activity, to deliver safer quality care.
The framework has been designed and tested by Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative, more than 30 General Practice teams and Wessex Local Medical Committee who endorse the framework to support a patient safety culture in Primary Care.
During testing 100% of users identified that the framework was a useful tool to increase patient safety awareness.
Designed around the 5 priority areas identified by the Care Quality Commission (CQC); are you safe, are you effective, are you caring, are you responsive and are you well led, the framework is offered as a voluntary tool, it has not been designed for assurance purposes.
It is recommended that you complete the framework as a multi-professional practice team to encourage staff engagement, to create a shared vision and ensure that shared intelligence is gathered from multiple sources. During testing we have found that engagement at the outset encourages shared ownership and assists in generating commitment to engage with assessment and any subsequent improvement work.
By self-assessing each domain and rating as red, amber, green or not applicable the framework can help you to identify areas of good practice which can be replicated and areas where you may want to focus your improvement effort.
You can download the blank Excel spreadsheet and save it on your PC, so it can be used as a repository for local evidence of good practice and improvement and demonstrate your progress.
Access more details, including an introduction to the Safer Practice Framework and download the electronic excel spreadsheet, to print or save on your own PC using the list of resources on this page.
The framework may be periodically updated, the latest version will be available on this webpage.
If you have any questions about the Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative's Safer Practice Framework or any other aspects of the Wessex PSC, please contact us via the link below: