Trust signs up to national initiative to improve patient safety

Date: 30 March 2015

Medway NHS Foundation Trust has signed up to a new NHS England national patient safety campaign which aims to strengthen patient safety in the NHS and make it the safest healthcare system the world.
The national ‘Sign up to Safety’ initiative hopes to halve avoidable harm in the NHS over the next three years - saving 6,000 lives as a result.
On joining the initiative, organisations are asked to develop a plan that describes what they will do to reduce harm and save lives.
In response to this the Trust has designed and developed its‘Safe to Care’ plan which will focus on top priorities for patient safety and improvement and covers the following areas:
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Sepsis
  • Hospital Acquired Pneumonia
  • Falls
  • Pressure Ulcers
Dr Ghada Ramadan, Associate Medical Director (Quality & Safety) and Clinical Lead for the initiative said: “At Medway we continually work to improve patient safety and it was absolutely essential for us to commit to this new initiative. It is all about listening, learning and acting on any lessons learned or suggestions made to improve patient safety. This is something that I believe we are good at here at Medway but there is always room for improvement in any effort”.
Sarah Leng, Quality Improvement Lead added: “Anything that can improve patient safety and help Medway to deliver a first class service that the population it serves wants and expects is an extremely positive step to take. We are keen to learn from when things go wrong and take steps to prevent them from being repeated and I and the team are excited about taking this initiative forward to do just that.”
To find out more about the Sign up to Safety initiative please click here.
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