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JUN 30/2015

Sign up to Safety scheme 'set to save 6,000 lives'

Some 260 organisations within the NHS have signed up to patient welfare campaign 'Sign up to Safety' since its launch in 2014, meaning it's on track to save the lives of 6,000 people by 2017.

This is according to the Department of Health (DH), which released a statement explaining the sign ups have exceeded the original target of 180 in its first year of operation, suggesting that the scheme is on track to save thousands of lives over the next three years.

The campaign aims to reduce what the government perceives to be preventable, such as medication mistakes, blood clots and bedsores. 

Some of the organisations that are taking part in Sign up to Safety have been actively involving both staff and patients. 

For example, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust is using its Healthbus to ask people across 200 sites in the north-west to make a commitment to improve patient safety by reducing falls in care homes or being aware of suicide risks. 

Sites that come under County Durham and Darlington Foundations NHS Trust have pledged to teach junior doctors about Sign up to Safety as part of training, clinical forums and induction sessions.

Commenting on the campaign, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "I’m delighted that so many NHS organisations have committed to our ambition of making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world. Promoting safer care in innovative ways that involve patients and staff on the front line is vital to achieving this.

"I urge all NHS organisations to become part of this ground-breaking shift in the way we think about care. By listening to staff and patients and supporting them when things go wrong, we can learn from mistakes, prevent harm and ultimately save lives."

The campaign forms part of the government's drive to make the NHS one of the safest and most transparent healthcare system in the world. To achieve this, several initiatives have been put in place, including a statutory duty of candour, a new Care Quality Commission inspection regime and 21,000 extra clinical staff in hospitals since May 2010.

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