Safety For All

Putting Healthcare Worker Safety at the Heart of Patient Safety

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Aims

Improve

Practice

To improve practice in, and between, patient and healthcare worker safety to prevent safety incidents and deliver better outcomes for all

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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System-wide action needed to improve safety in healthcare

System-wide action needed to improve safety in healthcare

Parliamentary reception with MPs, Peers and representatives of the wider patient safety and healthcare community
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Mind the implementation gap: The persistence of avoidable harm in the NHS

Mind the implementation gap: The persistence of avoidable harm in the NHS

Patients continue to die and be harmed by the failure to learn from unsafe care
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Webinar: Challenges and solutions in healthcare procurement and supply chain that prioritise patient and staff safety

Webinar: Challenges and solutions in healthcare procurement and supply chain that prioritise patient and staff safety

The webinar took place on Wednesday 30 March and featured around 50 attendees
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Challenges in Healthcare Supply Chain and Patient and Staff Safety Webinar

Challenges in Healthcare Supply Chain and Patient and Staff Safety Webinar

The webinar will take place from 10-12.00 on Wednesday 30 March in partnership with NHS Supply Chain and Patient Safety Learning
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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. 

NHS Patient Safety Strategy: 2021 update

The 2021 update of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy
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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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RCN Nursing Workforce Standards

A new set of workforce standards from the RCN addressing patient safety, staffing levels, fair pay, and nurse wellbeing.
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National Patient Safety Syllabus 2.0

A syllabus detailing the development of patient safety curricula for all NHS staff
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