We became a beacon site for Sign up for Safety in April 2016. This means that as well as taking action to improve patient safety in Birmingham and encouraging our staff, member practices and other healthcare professionals to Sign up to Safety, we will also be supporting other healthcare organisations to do the same by offering advice and sharing resources.
What is Sign up to Safety?
Sign up to Safety is a national patient safety campaign, announced by the Secretary of State for Health, which launched on 24 June 2014. It has 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.
Who can Sign up to Safety?
Sign up to Safety is for everyone, everywhere. Whether you work in primary, secondary, or tertiary care; whether you work in acute, mental health, learning disabilities, ambulance, or community care settings; whether you work in a national body or a general practice, Sign up to Safety applies to you.
The five Sign up to Safety pledges:
- Putting safety first. Commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public our locally developed goals and plans
- 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
- 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
- Collaborating. Take a lead role in supporting local collaborative learning, so that improvements are made across all of the local services that patients use
- 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.
What is CrossCity CCG doing?
As a CCG we believe passionately that at all times care and treatment should be of the highest quality, safe and reliable.
We launched our first Quality Strategy back in 2014, which set out how we intended to deliver real improvements in quality of care, clinical effectiveness, patient safety and patient experience. We set clear and challenging goals to promote a wide reaching quality and patient safety culture focussed on reducing avoidable harm, improving patient experience and embedding essential learning for quality improvement.
As CCG we have selected five key priority areas which we shall be tackling as part of our commitment to Sign up to Safety. These are:
- Pressure ulcer reduction
- Falls reduction
- Healthcare Acquired Infections (HCAI) - reduction in sepsis in primary and secondary care
- Safe and effective discharge planning
- Medicines Management - improving safety in medicines management/medicines optimisation.
We have made progress in improving patient experience and reducing avoidable harm, for example, harm related to falls, pressure ulcers and avoidable infections. Although there have been improvements there is further work to be done to ensure that all our services consistently provide high quality care.