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Breakthrough Series Collaborative

Improving Medicines Safety 

Medicines are central to healthcare. They are the most common therapeutic intervention and they save lives. Ensuring medicines are delivered safely, however, is complex and in Greater Manchester 9% of all reported incidents are related to medicines. 

Over the past year, together with our delivery partner Haelo, we have been supporting teams of staff from our member organisations to deliver a Breakthrough Series (BTS) Collaborative to improve medicines safety.

This one-year programme concluded in April 2016 with a summit event that brought health economies together to share learning and celebrate the impact that the programme has had in their organization.

You can access all resources from the programme, including live blogs, videos and photo galleries on Haelo’s website here.

What is the Improving Medicines Safety programme all about? 

We set out to address a key aspect in the safe use of medicines: transfers of care. An expert panel (which included public members) drawn locally, nationally and internationally came together at the inception of this work and remained critical friends throughout, with a vision to make Greater Manchester the safest place in the world to take medicines. 

Health economy teams from GM AHSN member organisations, along with local clinical and industry experts, agreed a shared aim of ‘95% of people experiencing a transfer of care will have defect free medicines care by April 2016’. The collaborative worked on the shared driver diagram below:




Teams employed a range of improvement methodologies to deliver large scale change. The improvement programme combined face to face interaction with teams actively testing change and measuring success. 


What happens next?

At the summit event, 8 health economy teams, within the GM AHSN footprint, came together to showcase their projects and learn from each other. Whilst the 1-year programme has now drawn to a close, work continues to Improve Medicines Safety as teams are supported by the GM AHSN to sustain successful changes and scale these up across health economies , with the hope that these projects will snowball and lead to much wider organisational change.

Read more about the collaborative and access resources on the Haelo website.




Watch this case study from Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh’s Improving Medicines Safety team: