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Patient Safety

Patient Safety

Nurse offering medication to a patientImproving patient safety is only one way to transform the way we work, but it’s the one at the heart of everything we do.

Every day our staff come to work wanting to do the very best they can for patients. We know there are many excellent examples of good practice within the Trust that are making a real difference to patient care. This is no mean feat considering the extensive and complex nature of healthcare and the volume of patients we care for every day.   
 
Providing care for these patients involves lots of different activities and interventions from staff. 

The National Patient Safety Agency reports that nationally approximately one in ten patients experience an incident that puts their health at risk when they are in hospital. An estimated 50% of these incidents are avoidable.

At the James Paget we want to reduce and eliminate the likelihood of our patients experiencing harm as a result of an avoidable adverse incident or error and these statistics are what make patient safety a real and meaningful issue for us to want to make improvements.

NHS Choices - Patient safety

The Department of Health and NHS England have published a new safety website which is aimed at allowing the public to see how their hospital is performing on key safety measures. 

The NHS Choices safety website gives patients, regulators and staff unprecedented safety data. The seven safety indicators will allow people to look at safety and staffing data across the country, driving up competition and standards.
It includes data to assess whether trusts have an open and transparent culture, alongside data on infection control and cleanliness, whether patients are assessed for risk of blood clots, how hospitals perform on whether their staff would recommend the trust and how they respond to patient safety alerts.
You can access NHS Choices patient safety for the JPUH here.
An easy reference version of NHS safety indicators is also available here.

Sign up to Safety

Sign up to Safety aims to deliver harm free care for every patient, every time, everywhere.  It champions openness and honesty and supports everyone to improve the safety of patients.
The JPUH signed up to safety in December 2014. Our pledges can be read here.

Being Open

Being Open was published by the National Patient Safety Agency in November 2009. The Trust fully embraces the National Pational Safety Agency's principles of Being Open.

Being Open supports a culture of openness, honesty and transparency, and includes apologising and explaining what happened if something went wrong.

The Trust gave a public commitment to implementing this framework at its meeting of the Governors Council in March 2010.