Improving medication safety through service user involvement in patient safety interventions


Lead and collaborators:
Professor Carl Thompson; Professor John Baker and the CLAHRC evidence based transformation theme team (in conjunction with Yorkshire and Humber AHSN Improvement Academy and the Patient Safety Collaborative Network)


National attempts at improving medication safety in mental health have failed to maximise the potential that exists by co-producing safety interventions alongside service users (Paton et al. 2008). Interventions to change behaviour have an increased chance of success where they draw on theory and research evidence, but the role of service users in the design of safety interventions in mental healthcare is less well established. We are currently undertaking a preliminary exploration of the issues, potential benefits, challenges, and feasibility of service user involvement in the design of patient safety interventions in mental health – and the reduction of inappropriate polypharmacy prescribing for people with psychosis in particular. Currently CLAHRC RCF funds are supporting i)the production of a scoping review on the methods and potential impact of published research findings and ii) interviews with service users on the barriers and facilitators to involvement in designing interventions to improve prescribing practice and medication safety.


The work is being undertaken in partnership with the emerging and developing network of mental health professionals in the Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Collaborative Network and the Improvement Academy.