Patient safety and quality improvement

The College works to improve the quality of care and of services for patients through the promotion and dissemination of quality improvement. Quality improvement should be seen as an integral part of everyone’s responsibility to identify elements of their work that could be done better, rather than an optional add-on. It is about using real-time measurement of change to improve the processes involved in treating patients and ensuring the best outcomes for them. It can improve job satisfaction, and efficiency and safety of care, with knock-on effects on healthcare budgets.

Improving safety and quality in pathology, including integrated learning from mistakes and understanding the role of human factors, is a key priority for the College.

Our Patient Safety and Quality Strategy

The College’s Patient Safety and Quality Strategy sets out our approach to the continual improvement of the safety of services and care that pathologists and their teams provide.

Three themes underpin the strategy: creating a patient safety culture; continuous improvement; and encouraging the involvement of pathologists, patients, families and carers. The strategy falls under the College’s strategic objective to promote excellence and advance knowledge in pathology practice.

We want to hear your views!
The Professional Guidelines team would like to hear your views on resources the College has on-line related to quality improvement and patient safety activities. We also welcome suggestions for the development of new resources that may help to improve the quality of service and care for patients.
Send us your views or suggestions ​at: [email protected]