Sign Up To Safety


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Sign Up To Safety

Newcastle Hospitals has committed its support to ‘Sign up to Safety’, a new NHS England National Patient Safety Campaign. Its mission is to strengthen patient safety in the NHS and make it the safest healthcare system in the world. 

The campaign is built around five core pledges that link closely with some of our current safety initiatives and our key strategic goal ‘to put patients at the very centre of all we do and to provide care of the highest standard in terms of both safety and quality’.

Five pledges

1. Put safety first

We will commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public the goals and plans we have developed locally.

2. Continually learn

We will make our organisation more resilient to risks, by acting on the feedback of our patients and by constantly measuring and monitoring how safe our services are.

3. Honesty

We will 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.

4. Collaborate

We will 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

We will help people to understand why things go wrong and how to put them right. We will give our staff the time and support to improve and celebrate the progress.  

Our ambition

This ambition is bigger than any individual or organisation and achieving it requires us all to unite behind the common purpose. We need to give patients confidence that we are doing all we can to ensure that the care they receive will be safe and effective at all times.

We all recognise that healthcare carries some risk, and while everyone working in the NHS works hard every day to reduce this risk, harm still happens. Some is avoidable, but most isn’t.

Whenever possible, we must do all we can to deliver harm-free care for every patient, every time, everywhere. We must be open with our patients and colleagues about the potential for things to go wrong and for people to get hurt. Most of all, we must continuously learn from what happens in order to improve.

Safety Improvement Plan

We have developed a Safety Improvement Plan for how we will take action to reduce harm and save lives in the next three years.

You can download a summary of the Newcastle Hospitals Safety Improvement Plan.pdf

Supporting people

We all accept and embrace the learning that is needed when patients are harmed, and we all know it is important to raise concerns. This campaign will support people to feel safe to speak up when things do go wrong. Everyone involved in caring for patients needs to know that they can have these conversations, and that they will be heard – they can save lives.

Everyone involved in caring for patients can make a difference. By harnessing the talent and enthusiasm across the health and care system, together we can make enduring changes to improve safety, halve avoidable harm, and most importantly make a positive difference to the people we care for. Together we can save 6,000 lives over the next three years.

You can see how the Newcastle Hospitals intends to deliver this commitment in our ‘Sign Up To Safety’ sign-up pack.

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