Become a Patient Safety Partner (PSP)

The patient safety partner is a new and evolving role developed by NHS England to help improve patient safety across health care in the UK.

Here at UHDB, we are looking forward to welcoming PSPs to work alongside our staff, patients, and families to influence and improve safety within our hospitals.

PSPs can be patients, carers, family members or other laypeople (including NHS and social care staff from other organisations).

PSPs will help to:

  • Help make sure patient safety is at the forefront of all we do.
  • Boost membership of safety and quality committees.
  • Have involvement in patient safety improvement projects.
  • Work with the Trust Board to consider how to improve patient safety.
  • Have involvement in staff patient safety training.
  • Participate in investigation oversight groups.

Role description

Main purpose of role

A patient safety partner (PSP) is actively involved in the design of safer health care at all levels in the organisation.

This includes roles in safety governance. For example:

  • Sitting on relevant committees to support compliance monitoring and how safety issues should be addressed.
  • Providing appropriate challenge to ensure learning and change.
  • The development and implementation of relevant strategy and policy.

The PSP should ensure that any committee/group of which they are a member considers and prioritises the service user, patient, carer and family perspective and champions a diversity of views.

Further detail on specific roles will be provided in individual task descriptions. These include the time commitment for specific roles, and/or, projects, and frequency of meetings where appropriate.

The PSP will need to comply with relevant policies and maintain strict confidentiality in respect to discussions and information when required.

Skills and experience

  • Understanding of and broad interest in patient safety.
  • Ability to communicate well in writing and read comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to understand and evaluate a range of information and evidence.
  • Confidence to communicate well verbally with senior leaders about strategic issues, as an advocate for patient safety.
  • Ability to provide a patient, carer, or lay perspective and to put forward views on behalf of the wider community/groups of patients (not own opinion only).
  • Experience of championing health improvements; able to be a critical friend.
  • Interaction with multiple stakeholders at senior management level.
  • Experience of working in partnership with healthcare organisations or programmes.
  • Sound judgement and an ability to be objective.
  • Personal integrity and commitment to openness, inclusiveness, and high standards.


There is a requirement to be trained in patient safety. Other specific training needs will be identified and discussed with patient safety partners. Where possible and appropriate this training will be with staff.

Trust mandatory training will also be required, including the following:

  • To complete/attend a UHDB Trust Induction.
  • To complete levels 1 and 2 of the Patient Safety Syllabus eLearning - (there is also the option to complete level 1 as a face-to-face group session).

Planning and organising

  • Ability to plan time to prepare for meetings and undertake any other activities required as part of the role.
  • To attend PSP support meetings and training events.


  • Adhere to the principles of the PSP agreement.
  • Inform relevant person if unable to attend meetings or undertake any other identified activities.

Support to colleagues

  • Support and guide new PSPs where required.
  • Take part in PSP networks to receive peer support and share learning.


  • Report any safety incidents to staff.
  • Ensure that patient confidentiality is always maintained.

Infection control

  • Adhere to the principles of hand hygiene when entering and leaving ward areas.
  • Ensure that visitors and staff adhere to the principles of hand hygiene and direct them to hand washing facilities where necessary.

Equality and diversity

  • Have an understanding of individual patients’ needs; consideration for cultural and religious requirements.
  • Act in accordance with trust’s policy and procedures.

Health and safety

  • Report any environmental factors that may contravene health and safety requirements.
  • Ensure that all work is carried out in line with trust policies and procedures.
  • Attend induction and regular mandatory training.

Due to the Trust’s commitment to safety and continuous improvement, it is likely that the role will evolve over time. These duties will be subject to review; any amendments will be made in consultation and agreement with the PSP.

This role is subject to UHDB Trust's volunteer policies and procedures.

This role requires an enhanced level disclosure and barring check.

Application form

Applications are currently closed and will reopen as and when we have vacancies.

In the meantime, if you would like further information, please contact

Telephone: 01283 593013