Sign up to Safety

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has Image of Sign up to Safety logo committed its support to ‘Sign up to Safety’, an NHS England National Patient Safety Campaign.

Sign up to Safety was announced in March 2014 by the Secretary of State for Health. It launched on 24 June 2014 with the mission to strengthen patient safety in the NHS and make it the safest healthcare system in the world.

The Secretary of State for Health set out 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.


What are the five 'Sign up to Safety' pledges?

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has signed up to the campaign and our commitment to the five pledges are below:

1. Putting safety first

Commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public our locally developed goals and plans.

We will:

  • Continue to monitor harm through the monthly patient and medicines safety thermometer tool, using the data to identify areas for improvement and putting in place actions to address those areas.
  • Comply with safer staffing requirements, displaying daily information on ward staffing boards
  • Utilise the national initiative from NHS England around the identification of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) to improve the identification of this for someone using our services

Download the Putting safety first driver diagram (PDF)

2. Continually learning

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.

We will:

  • Continue to actively participate and share learning with the West Midland Safety Collaborative to promote improvements across the NHS
  • Continue to share learning from incidents and patient feedback at the Incident Action Review Committee (IARC)
  • Monitor and audit actions arising from Serious Incidents (SIs) and other serious adverse events to ensure that actions have been effective

Download the Continually learning driver diagram (PDF)

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.

We will:

  • Continue to ensure that Duty of Candour is applied across the Trust
  • Link in with the Local Health Economy (LHE) to strengthen and develop our learning
  • Provide regular updates to the Patient Panel of progress against our Sign up to Safety action plan

Download the Being honest driver diagram (PDF)

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.

We will:

  • Introduce change collaboratives for key areas relating to patient harm
  • Celebrate what we do well

Download the Collaborating driver diagram (PDF)

5. Being supportive

Help our people understand why things go wrong and how to put them right. Give them the time and support to improve and celebrate the progress.

We will:

  • Continue a rolling programme of themed reviews at the Incident Action Review Committee (IARC)
  • Where harm has occurred, this will be shared to ensure maximum learning
  • Encourage all staff to Sign up to Safety and complete personal pledges
  • Have an annual safety culture event to celebrate achievements in safety

Download the Being supportive driver diagram (PDF)


Sign up to Safety Links

Twitter: The campaign Twitter handle is @SignuptoSafety but pledges will also be shared using #SignuptoSafety