Sign up to Safety

sign up to safetyWe have Signed Up to Safety!!

As a Trust, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) has ‘Signed Up to Safety’ and have now launched our campaign across the Trust!

Sign up to Safety is a national patient safety campaign to help the NHS in England build a safer NHS and address the problem of unsafe care and avoidable harm.

So far, over 200 organisations have pledged support and are committed to improve the safety of healthcare through personalised Safety Improvement Plans. These outline the actions that will be taken in response to five Sign up to Safety pledges.

We have developed a three year Safety Improvement Plan 2015-18 which focuses on specific clinical areas where local data shows that improvements can be made which will be presented to the Board of Directors in April 2015.

Helen Dabbs, Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Nursing and Partnerships is one of our Executive Sponsors and has said: “By joining Sign up to Safety, we are promising all patients and staff in RDaSH that we are placing the safety of patient care above all else.”

Suzette Woodward, Sign up to Safety National Campaign Director, said: “Our ambition is for the whole NHS in England to become the safest healthcare system in the world and RDaSH is playing a critical part in helping to achieve this.

The five national Sign up to Safety pledges are:

  • Put safety first. Commit to reducing avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public the goals and plans developed locally.
  • Continually learn. Be more resilient to risks as an organisation, by acting on the feedback from patients and by constantly measuring and monitoring how safe services are.
  • Be honest. Be transparent with people about 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.
  • Be 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.

For further information, please contact:

Iona Scott, Quality Governance Lead, Nursing and Partnerships Directorate,Woodfield House, Tickhill Road Site, Balby, Doncaster by ringing 01302 798388 or emailing iona.scott@rdash.nhs.uk. Alternatively email rdashcommunications@rdash.nhs.uk