Patient safety

APPS Achievements

"We have faced many challenges together but achieved gains in a short time – in fact the patient safety approach at Gondar has been used by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health in hospitals across the country.”

Dr Gashaw Getahun – APPS Focal Point, Gondar Hospital, Ethiopia


Objective 1 Achievements: Partnership Strength

The unique partnership approach to tackling patient safety has worked very effectively in some cases; hard lessons have been learned in others. The APPS network has refined and led global thinking in the area of partnership development that is now being used by partnership-focused organizations across the world.

14 Hospital to Hospital APPS Partnerships

Established 14 Hospital to Hospital APPS Partnerships between countries in Africa and Europe - the first of their kind centred on developing safer health-care systems.

Definition of Partnership and working principles

APPS has engaged with first wave APPS partnerships to co-define a set of seven partnership principles on which hospital to hospital partnership working is based and co-developed as an APPS definition of partnership.

APPS Planning Framework

APPS has a 2-year patient safety partnership planning template developed and refined by APPS through joint working with the six first wave partnerships. This can now be used by any hospital-to-hospital partnership focusing on patient safety.

Partnership Workshops

Developed a model for partnership workshops, designed for partners to identify priorities and undertake technical planning, and hosted three workshops to support patient safety partnership development.

Measurement of Partnership Strength

Co-developed a mechanism to evaluate the strength of individual partnerships – this can be used in both patient safety and other types of institutional partnerships.

Literature Synthesis – Learning from the “developing world”

Conducted a first-of-its-kind synthesis of developing country innovations that can potentially inform health systems in developed countries focused on the concept of "reverse innovation".


Partnership Focused Organizations - Bridge

APPS partnerships have provided a “patient safety bridge” between organizations with a focus on partnership-based approaches to health system improvement.

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