The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) was launched in 2008 in acute care and is internationally recognised as the first national programme to systematically improve the safety and reliability of hospital care. There are five work-streams: Peri-operative, Critical Care, General Ward, Medicines Management and Leadership.
The programme was extended into Paediatrics in 2010 and led to the development of national patient safety programmes in primary care, mental health and maternity services.
In June 2012 the Scottish Government announced a three-year extension of the Programme with a new, more ambitious aim, to reduce Hospital Standardised Mortality by 20 per cent by the end of 2015. The Scottish Patient Safety Programme in Primary care was launched in March 2013.