About us

The Reducing Pressure Ulcers in Care Homes improvement programme was a joint initiative with the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP), Scottish Care and the Care Inspectorate, which aimed to reduce pressure ulcers in care homes.

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) is a unique national programme that aims to improve the safety of healthcare and reduce the level of harm experienced by people using healthcare services. SPSP is part of the Improvement Hub (ihub), a resource to support organisations in Scotland to improve the quality of health and social care services.

SPSP’s improvement support that has currently been delivered within NHS care facilities is now broadening to wider settings of care and with this, the overall ambition of SPSP will focus on Outcome 7 of the National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes: ‘People using health and social care services are safe from harm’.

Building on the programme’s progress to reduce pressure ulcers within acute hospital settings, we recognised the need to adapt our work to the new context through prototyping aims, measures and change packages. Also, we recognised the need to develop strong and effective partnership working with key partners such as Scottish Care, the Care Inspectorate and Health and Social Care Partnerships.

Scottish Care represents the largest group of independent social care providers across Scotland, delivering residential care, day care, care at home and housing support.

Scottish Care is committed to supporting a quality-oriented, independent sector. Their aim is to create an environment in which care providers can continue to deliver and develop the high quality care that communities require and deserve. Their core strategy is to create the strongest possible alliance and collective voice to protect and promote the interests of all independent care sector providers in Scotland, and those who access independent sector care services.

Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland currently fund Local Integration Leads, managed by Scottish Care to support and represent the independent sector within each partnership. This will be a key role within the improvement programme, providing support to care homes and acting as an interface with the Health and Social Care Partnerships and wider stakeholders.

The Care Inspectorate regulates and inspects care services in Scotland to make sure they meet the right standards. It also jointly inspects with other regulators to check how well different organisations in local areas work together to support adults and children. It works with services to support improvements in the quality of care provided across Scotland.

The role of the Care Inspectorate is to assure and protect everyone who uses care and social work services and it works to ensure that everyone gets safe, high-quality care that meets their needs.

Participating health and social care partnerships

We went through a recruitment process to select the five health and social care partnerships that would take part in the programme. The participating health and social care partnerships are:

  • Argyll and Bute
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • Highland
  • Perth and Kinross