Safety For All

Putting Healthcare Worker Safety at the Heart of Patient Safety

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Aims

Improve

Practice

To make healthcare safer for all we are working to improve practice through the integration of Healthcare Worker Safety and Patient Safety

Protect

Healthcare Workers and Patients

Our core aim is to make healthcare environments safer for patients and workers alike

Raise

Awareness

We believe that raising awareness around Healthcare Worker Safety and Patient Safety among policymakers and the public will make everyone safer

How are Patient Safety and Healthcare Worker Safety interrelated? 

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a stark reminder of the vital role healthcare professionals play in providing care to those in our society who need it most, helping to shine a light on the fact that only when healthcare worker’s are safe can patients be safe.

The Campaign has highlighted eight key areas where poor Healthcare Worker Safety standards have an impact on the quality of care given to patients.

  1. Burn out

    Long hours, a high workload, fatigue and stress can all cause burn out.
  2. Blame culture

    The culture of assigning blame when things go wrong deters staff from speaking up about safety issues.
  3. Second victims

    HCW’s involved in Patient Safety incidents are often traumatized as they feel personally responsible for the event, having a negative effect on their performance.
  4. Education & training

    Improved education and training can help break down barriers to providing safe care.
  5. Breakdowns in process

    These can include a lack of critical information, the misinterpretation of information, unclear orders and overlooked changes in status.
  6. Medication errors

    Medication errors constitute the highest number of adverse events in hospitals, not only in terms of number, but as well in morbidity and mortality.
  7. Transmissible diseases

    Surface, airborne and bloodborne viruses are all spread through insufficient infection prevention control measures and inadequate safety equipment.
  8. Hazardous substances

    Long-term exposure to hazardous medicinal products can cause can cancer and fertility problems.

Latest News

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Staff safety and wellbeing in the NHS: The difference between vision and reality

Staff safety and wellbeing in the NHS: The difference between vision and reality

very year, the NHS surveys its staff to find out about their experiences of working…
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Healthcare Worker Safety and Patient Safety ‘Two Sides of the Same Coin’ says Jeremy Hunt

Healthcare Worker Safety and Patient Safety ‘Two Sides of the Same Coin’ says Jeremy Hunt

Speaking today at a webinar for the Clinical Human Factors Group, Jeremy Hunt MP, Chair…
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Virtual Conference on Hospital Workers Wellbeing Matters

Virtual Conference on Hospital Workers Wellbeing Matters

On 23rd February 2021, the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQa) and the International…
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NHSE/I publish update to Patient Safety Strategy

NHSE/I publish update to Patient Safety Strategy

NHS England and Improvement have published an update to their joint paper The NHS Patient…
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Resource Library

The resource section is a collection of Safety For All materials as well as those sourced from a number of third party organisations to download. 

AVMA: A vision of a just culture

A vision of what a “just culture” should look like for patients and healthcare staff
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Virtual conference on workforce wellbeing

An overview of a virtual conference on workforce wellbeing organised by ISQua and IHF
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NHS Resolution: Being fair

NHS Resolution guidance on supporting a just and learning culture for staff and patients following incidents in the NHS
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Implementing a just and learning culture

A case study on how Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has adopted and embedded its just and learning culture and its training package.
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NHS Patient Safety Strategy: 2021 update

The 2021 update of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy
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Building a Culture of Safety to Improve Healthcare Worker and Patient Well-Being

An article Annalee Yassi and Tina Hancock in Healthcare Quarterly
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Connecting worker safety to Patient Safety: A new imperative for health-care leaders

An article by Joseline Sikorski in the Ivy Business Journal
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Health worker safety: a priority for patient safety

A WHO Charter on the link between health worker safety and patient safety
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No Patient Safety without Healthcare Worker Safety

An article in the Lancet by NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre at Imperial College London
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Patient Safety 2030

A report on Patient Safety by NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre at Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
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