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Sign up to Safety

About Sign up to Safety
Sign up to Safety is built on the three foundations of: Listen, Learn and Act. The NHS-wide campaign is based on listening to patients, carers and staff, learning from what they say when things go wrong and taking action to improve patients’ safety. It aims to deliver harm free care for every patient, every time, everywhere. Its three year objective is to reduce avoidable harm by 50% and save 6,000 lives.

The five Sign up to Safety pledges
  1. Putting safety first. Commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public our locally developed goals and plans
  2. Continually learn. Make our organisation more resilient to risks, by acting on the feedback from patients and staff and by constantly measuring and monitoring how safe our services are
  3. Being honest. 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. Collaborating. Take a lead role in supporting local collaborative learning, so that improvements are made across all of the local services that patients use
  5. Being supportive. Help people understand why things go wrong and how to put them right. Give staff the time and support to improve and celebrate progress.
 
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.  Whenever possible, we must do all we can to deliver harm free care for every patient, every time, everywhere.  We must be open with patients and colleagues about the potential for things to go wrong and for people to get hurt, and most of all, we must continuously learn from what happens in order to improve.
That is why South Devon & Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group has joined the Sign up to Safety Campaign. This campaign will support people to feel safe to speak up when things do go wrong. Everyone involved in caring for patients, and those in roles supporting care 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, as a whole healthcare system, we can save 6,000 lives over the next three years.
 
To read our Safety Improvement Plan please click here.
 
To find out more about the Sign up to Safety campaign please click here.