In February 2015, the North East & North Cumbria Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) funded the ‘ThinkSAFE Implementation Project’.
The project aimed to make the ThinkSAFE approach more widely available to hospitals and patients, by developing this website where all the ThinkSAFE resources - including the patient safety video - could be made freely available to patients, the public and health care organisations wishing to improve patient safety by involving patients and their families. An Implementation Package for health care organisations was also developed as part of the project and provides essential support to promote successful implementation. The package includes staff teaching and training resources, including an e-learning package, and an implementation manual informed by the experience of our five collaborating ThinkSAFE Trusts. ThinkSAFE therefore supports service-providers and service-users to work together, collaboratively, to improve patient safety, patient outcomes and patient experience.
Organisations / health care staff wishing to access the staff training materials and the Implementation Package can do this by registering for free access via the 'Healthcare Professionals' tab on the menu bar.
The five Hospitals Trusts involved in the project were:
Celebrating the development and launch of the ThinkSAFE Implementation Package
On February 4th 2016 we held a Launch & Celebration event to formally launch the website and the Implementation Package. Around 50 health care professionals and patient group members attended the event which was opened by our key note speaker, Dr Suzette Woodward, who is the campaign director for the NHS England Sign up to Safety Campaign. Each Trust presented their approach to the implementation of ThinkSAFE sharing their experience, challenges and learning as a detailed case study. Their learning informs the content and format of the ThinkSAFE implementation manual.