Patient safety strategy

Every day more than a million people are treated safely and successfully within the NHS, however evidence shows that things will and do go wrong. Patients are sometimes harmed no matter how dedicated and professional the staff are.

To ensure that safety is at the forefront of care, the Trust has developed a Trust-wide patient safety strategy which has the primary goal of preventing and reducing harm and making patient safety a priority for all staff, with the following aims:

  • Improve the safety culture throughout the organisation
  • Reduce the frequency and severity of harm
  • Enhance the safety, effectiveness and positive experiences of the services we provide
  • Reduce the costs both personal and financial associated with patient safety incidents 

You can view the whole patient safety strategy here.

Why have we created a patient safety strategy?

The patient safety strategy was created with consultation from professional groups and services to ensure that its objectives are in line with identified areas for improvement.

The patient safety strategy sets out in detail our goals towards improving patient safety. It is supported by more detailed actions plans as to how we will achieve these goals.  There are also plans about how we are reducing avoidable harm through the Sign up to Safety initiative.

The Trust is committed to providing high quality, safe, effective and accessible care, so that users of our services are fully enabled to reach their potential and live well in their communities.

Delivering services safely is our key priority. The strategy has been created in response to published reports by Francis and Berwick which highlight how avoidable harm has been in healthcare and how it remains a significant problem.  

The patient safety strategy sets out how we intend to keep patient safety at the forefront of care, ensuring that all of our staff embrace a positive patient safety culture,  that we are proactive in preventing harm and that we are open and honest with patients and carers when harm has occurred.