Safe Practice

Safe Practice

Safe Practice is a top priority in Scotland and is central to the NHSScotland Healthcare Quality Strategy, with every practitioner being required to deliver safe and effective patient/client interventions. There are many dimensions to safe practice such as knowing about the policy context, best practice guidance, how to manage risk effectively and your responsibilities as a registered healthcare professional.


To be able to function safely and effectively as an accountable practitioner, working within local and national governance frameworks.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this unit, and following a period of reflective practice, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate accountability and decision making in relation to safe and effective practice in increasingly complex healthcare situations.
  • Apply local policies and procedures within your practice to deliver safe and effective care.
  • Critically reflect upon your own and others' contributions to provide safe and effective care.

When you are planning your activities to meet the learning outcomes, you should consider the level of learning that you want to achieve. You will find the Get Started and Gaining Credit pages of Flying Start NHS® useful. Additionally, the Post Registration Career Development Framework for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals and Effective Practitioner will help you to you to assess learning needs and plan for your continuing development beyond Flying Start NHS®.