Wednesday, 15 June 2016
South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) announces it has pledged to improve patient safety as part of the national campaign, Sign up to Safety.
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 360 organisations have pledged support and are committed to improve the safety of healthcare through locally led, self-directed safety improvement.
Pledges for SWLSTG have been made available for patients, staff and carers here.
Director of Nursing Vanessa Ford said: "By joining Sign up to Safety, the Trust is again demonstrating its commitment to focusing on patient safety so that all patients and the staff that care for them are free from avoidable harm.
"We will achieve this by both designing our care processes so that they support safer care and by focusing our efforts on a small number of priority areas where avoidable harm can be reduced for the majority of patients. Every employee can contribute to safer patient care, even those who don't work on the wards. We all have a role to play in improving patient safety."
Suzette Woodward, Sign up to Safety Campaign Director, said: "Our ambition is to help organisations and individuals working across all healthcare settings in the NHS in England to provide the safest possible care to their patients and SWLSTG is playing a critical part in helping to achieve this.
"We are committed to supporting SWLSTG to focus specifically on patient safety. Patient safety is the organising principle of high quality healthcare since only safe healthcare services are truly efficient, effective and able to offer the best experience to patients and carers. We challenge ourselves and our members to question everything and re-think patient safety in order to consider what could be done differently to create longer lasting change. We help people work on the things that matter to them but encourage them to share their learning nationally for others to adapt."
The five Sign up to Safety pledges are: