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Sign up to Safety

Sign up to Safety is a national patient safety campaign that 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.

In December 2014, Liverpool Women's engaged in the three year 'Sign up to Safety' campaign and declared five pledges to support patient safety improvement to reduce avoidable harm by 50%.

This aligns with our Quality Strategy that identifies three quality goals:

  • To reduce harm
  • To reduce mortality 
  • To provide the best patient experience

Our identified aims align with these goals and our organisation sets out actions that will be undertaken in line with the sign up to safety pledges; 

  1. Put safety first. Commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public the goals and plans developed locally. 
  2. Continually learn. Make their organisations more resilient to risks, by acting on the feedback from patients and by constantly measuring and monitoring how safe their services are. 
  3. Honesty. Be transparent with people about their progress to tackle patient safety issues and support staff to be candid with patients and their families if something goes wrong.
  4. Collaborate. Take a leading role in supporting local collaborative learning, so that improvements are made across all of the local services that patients use.
  5. Support. Help people understand why things go wrong and how to put them right. Give staff the time and support to celebrate the progress.