Every person working in the NHS has a duty to reduce risks which could harm patients. Staff, leaders and managers can work together to devote resources for continual learning and the improvement of patient care.
In 2015, Barts Health successfully bid to receive funding from the NHS Litigation Authority to develop our teams in the delivery of safe, harm free and compassionate care. The programme is called ‘Team Transformation’ and is led by Louise Hicks, Director of Development and Team Transformation.
Introducing the Team Transformation team
The funding has enabled us to build a team that can work with and support our clinical teams to deliver and develop sustainable safety outcomes. The team brings together expertise across clinical practice, leadership, safety, harm free care, quality improvement, patient engagement, and education and development.
- Director of Development – Louise Hicks
- Quality Improvement Lead – Andy McGovern
- Professional Lead for Sign up to Safety and Harm Free Care – Cynthia Zimuto
- Quality Improvement Nurses – Anna Lynch
- Value Based Standards Programme Lead (linked project) – Ellen Sykes
The Team Transformation programme engages multi-professional teams to create a positive safety culture and climate which will heighten patient and staff satisfaction, increase quality and safety and reduce incidents causing patient harm.
The focus is to make a difference in:
- Falls prevention
- Pressure ulcers prevention
- Medication error prevention
- Responding and management of the deteriorating patient
These differences are made by using diagnostics, taught sessions, coaching and feedback and events.
How do staff get involved?
They can attend any of the above mentioned events and make an individual Sign up to Safety pledge telling us what they intend to do as an individual, every day to get behind each of the five Sign up to Safety pledges.
The five sign up to safety pledges are:
- PUT SAFETY FIRST
- CONTINUALLY LEARN