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We are signing up to the NHS England initiative ‘Sign up to Safety’. Sign up to Safety is designed to help realise the ambition of making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world.

Sign up to Safety aims to deliver harm free care for every patient, every time, everywhere. It champions openness and honesty and supports everyone to improve the safety of patients. Sign up to Safety’s three year objective is to reduce avoidable harm by 50% and save 6,000 lives.

Safety at the hospital

The pledges are split into five categories as follows;

  • Put patients first
  • Continually learn
  • Honesty
  • Collaborate
  • Support

Put Patients First

  • Engage with patients, carers and their families by actively encouraging engagement and involvement with issues surrounding patient safety.
  • Review of current Modified Early Warning Score and its use across the Trust. Trial the use of the National system, and consider an electronic bedside observation tool.
  • Implement the sepsis screening tool across the Trust in order to improve the identification and treatment of patients with sepsis.
  • Review of every patient death through the current Mortality Peer Review (MPR) process
  • Reduce the number of patient falls, medication errors, cases of tissue viability and VTE whilst also monitoring performance through an overarching dashboard

Continually Learn

  • Create a culture of honesty, openness and transparency
  • Use data intelligently in order to understand potential improvement opportunities at ward level
  • Use the outcomes of complaints and serious incidents intelligently to ensure that lessons are learned. Ensure that there is a robust process in place to guarantee that incidents and complaints are effectively investigated and reported.
  • Empower and educate patients
  • Continue the Trust Board safety walkabouts

Honesty

  • Continue to publish the weekly Patient Safety and Experience bulletin,that explains current issues
  • All serious incidents reviewed through a multi-disciplinary group and reported appropriately
  • Number of complaints received per ward are displayed on patient information boards, alongside patient stories, commendations and through monthly Team Brief

Collaborate

  • Participate in improvement initiatives facilitated by AQuA
  • Continue to hold monthly the multi-dicsplinary MAPS (Mortality and Patient Safety) sub-committee in order to identify and monitor current Trustwide workstreams relating to mortality and patient safety. Over the coming year, consider widening the membership of the group to the public and local primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare providers
  • Continue strong links with local universities and colleges and consider how we can improve engagement with local healthcare economy including the local Council.

Support

  • Participate in improvement initiatives facilitated by AQuA
  • Continue to hold monthly the multi-dicsplinary MAPS (Mortality and Patient Safety) sub-committee in order to identify and monitor current Trustwide workstreams relating to mortality and patient safety. Over the coming year, consider widening the membership of the group to the public and local primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare providers
  • Continue strong links with local universities and colleges and consider how we can improve engagement with local healthcare economy including the local Council.

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Sign up to Safety

We are signing up to the NHS England initiative ‘Sign up to Safety’. Sign up to Safety is designed to help realise the ambition of making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world.

Sign up to Safety aims to deliver harm free care for every patient, every time, everywhere. It champions openness and honesty and supports everyone to improve the safety of patients. Sign up to Safety’s three year objective is to reduce avoidable harm by 50% and save 6,000 lives.