Sign up to Safety

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Sign up to Safety is designed for the NHS to become the safest healthcare system in the world, aiming to deliver harm free care for every patient, every time. Sign up to Safety has an ambition of halving avoidable harm in the NHS over the next three years and saving 6,000 lives as a result.

In signing up, we commit to strengthening patient safety by:

  • Describing the actions we will undertake in response to the five campaign pledges (detailed below)
  • Committing to turn these actions into a safety improvement plan which will show how our organisation intends to save lives and reduce harm for patients over the next three years.
  • Identifying the patient safety improvement areas we will focus on within the safety plans.
  • Engage our local community, patients and staff to ensure that the focus of our plan reflects what is important to our community
  • Make public our plan and update regularly on our progress against it.

 The five Sign up to Safety pledges

  • Put safety first. Commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public the goals and plans developed locally.
  • Continually learn. Make their organisations more resilient to risks, by acting on the feedback from patients and by constantly measuring and monitoring how safe their services are.
  • Honesty. Be transparent with people about their progress to tackle patient safety issues and support staff to be candid with patients and their families if something goes wrong.
  • Collaborate. Take a leading role in supporting local collaborative learning, so that improvements are made across all of the local services that patients use.
  • Support. Help people understand why things go wrong and how to put them right. Give staff the time and support to improve and celebrate the progress

How we aim to achieve our pledges

  1. Put safety first- Commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public our goals and plans developed locally by:
  • Improving our hand hygiene compliance
  • Improve all aspects of patient escalation from accurate recording of observations through to timely senior medical review
  • Improving the safety of our maternity services
  • Protecting patients from developing pressure ulcers
  • Improving medications safety and learning from medication incidents
  • Reducing the number of patient falls and harm incurred

2.Continually learn- Make our organisation more resilient to risks, by acting on the feedback from  patients and by constantly measuring and monitoring how safe our services, including:

  • Increasing the response rate for the Friends and Family Test
  • Improving the quality of end of life care
  • Improving the way in which we manage and learn from complaints

3. Honesty - Be transparent with people about their progress to tackle patient safety issues and support staff to be candid with patients and their families if something goes wrong. We will:

  • Continue to promote our open and transparent culture within the clinical services in accordance with our duty of candour as highlighted in the Francis Inquiry
  • Monitor the evidence of our Being Open process and reports will be taken to our divisional governance meetings, our Patient Safety Committee and up through the Trust’s governance systems
  • Continue to hold staff focus groups which allow feedback and reinforce the values and behaviours expected of staff

4. Collaborate. Take a leading role in supporting local collaborative learning, so that improvements are made across all of the local services that patients use.We will :

  • Share learning with our three CCGs, NHS England,the NHS Trust Development Authority through our monthly Clinical Quality Review Groups
  • Participating at a senior level, in the local collaborative forums such as the Health and Wellbeing Boards, Partnership Boards, Safeguarding Boards, Academic Health Science Network and Clinical Research Network

5. Support. Help people understand why things go wrong and how to put them right.  Give staff the time and support to improve and celebrate the progress. We will:

  • Embed the new organisational culture further to ensure that all staff know they are expected to report and learn from all incidents, serious incidents, complaints, claims and case reviews.

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