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Sign up to safety

Sign up to Safety is a new national patient safety campaign that was announced in March by the Secretary of State for Health. It launched on 24 June 2014 with the mission to strengthen patient safety in the NHS and make it the safest healthcare system in the world.

The Secretary of State for Health set out the ambition of halving avoidable harm in the NHS over the next three years, and saving 6,000 lives as a result. This is supported by a campaign that aims to listen to patients, carers and staff, learn from what they say when things go wrong and take action to improve patient’s safety helping to ensure patients get harm free care every time, everywhere.

The five Sign up to Safety pledges
1. Put safety first. Commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public the goals and plans developed locally.

2. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Papworth Hospital’s commitment to delivering high quality care is an integral part of its culture and we sign up to these safety pledges. The key risks, priorities and initiatives are detailed in the Strategic plan 2014-2019 and the Quality Accounts 2014/15 and are reflected in our ‘Sign up to safety’ action plan.

Director of Nursing
Josie Rudman

Safety improvement programme

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Pledges

Pledge 1 – Put Safety First ▼

Commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public the goals and plans developed locally. Patient Safety is the Trust's number one priority, supported and underpinned by our commitment to the following actions:

Pledge 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 are through:

Pledge 3 – Honesty ▼

Be transparent with people about our progress to tackle patient safety issues and support staff to be candid with patients and their families if something goes wrong through:

Pledge 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:

Pledge 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:

 

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