Sign Up To Safety


The national ‘Sign up to Safety’ campaign aims to reduce avoidable harm to patients by 50% over a three-year period. South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust has joined this national programme to improve the safety of its services. The Trust’s Safety Improvement Plan builds on and complements the implementation of the Trust’s Quality Strategy.

Following a period of planning and consultation with key staff, the Trust launched its own ‘Sign up to Safety’ campaign on 27 May 2015.

Our Safety Improvement Plan focuses on specific clinical areas where local data shows that improvements can be made in the:

  • early detection of the deteriorating patient;
  • reduction in avoidable pressure ulcers;
  • reduction in harm from falls;
  • reduction in unexpected death;
  • reduction in use of restraint;
  • reduction in omitted doses of medication.

This will achieved by creating a system devoted to continuous learning and improvement. This ambition is bigger than any individual or organisation and achieving it requires us all to unite behind this common purpose.

We need to give patients confidence that we are doing all we can to ensure that the care they receive will be safe and effective at all times.

We all recognise that healthcare carries some risk and while everyone working in the NHS works hard every day to reduce this risk, harm still happens. Some is avoidable but most isn’t. Whenever possible, we must do all we can to deliver harm free care for every patient, every time, everywhere.

We must be open with our patients and colleagues about the potential for things to go wrong and for people to get hurt, and most of all, we must continuously learn from what happens in order to improve.

We all accept and embrace the learning that is needed when patients are harmed, and we all know it is important to raise concerns. This campaign will support people to feel safe to speak up when things do go wrong.

Everyone involved in caring for patients needs to know that they can have these conversations and that they will be heard – they can protect patients and save lives.

Everyone involved in caring for patients can make a difference. By harnessing the talent and enthusiasm across the health and care system, together we can make enduring changes to improve safety, halve avoidable harm and most importantly make a positive difference to the people we care for.

Together over the next three years we can save 6,000 lives across the NHS.

Like SEPT, NHS organisations are being asked to develop a plan that describes what they will do to reduce harm and save lives, by working to reduce the causes of harm and take a preventative approach.

Our pledges for SEPT have been made available for patients, staff and carers in our Safety Improvement Plan