Making Safety Visible

Making Safety Visible is a grant-funded programme, with funding provided by the Health Foundation’s Measurement and Monitoring of Safety fund.

The two year programme started in May 2014 to run a BTS collaborative, working with acute trust boards, clinical commissioning groups and other health and social care providers to improve the measuring and monitoring of safety in their organisation using the ‘Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Framework’ (Vincent et al, 2013).

The programme has a number of objectives, including: build the capability of Trust boards and CCG governing bodies; create a whole health economy safety measurement plan to improve measurement systems; rovide an in depth evaluation of the programme and its effectiveness.

The programme summit took place in October 2015. Haelo managed all four events (three learning sessions and the final summit) which saw 244 attendees from 10 health and social care economy teams. These events were vital in building the will for change and sustaining energy and enthusiasm throughout the programme. They provided delegates with the opportunity to learn from various different industries including the railways and aviation.

The Making Safety Visible programme has been highly successful, with over 90% attendance rates at each of the learning sessions. Teams have developed excellent working relationships and are continuing to work together since the formal learning sessions have finished.

Away from the learning sessions Haelo provided:

  • Faculty coaches to each team
  • Specialised sessions tailored to each team’s requirements
  • Help for teams to create safety measurement plans, providing ‘at a glance’ templates to support them
  • Assistance for teams to develop cross-organisational relationships within their local health and social care economy and nurtured these relationships, encouraging teams to work together locally and across the whole region

Two of the teams have developed joint pathways for specific cancer patients with a view to extend these to other types of cancer. Another has set up patient focus groups to understand exactly what is most important to the local population when dealing with long term health conditions and a number of the teams have run internal seminars on measuring and monitoring safety using the tools they have been provided on the programme.

We are currently working with colleagues at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Manchester on the programme’s evaluation, which is due to be published in October 2016.

“One of the most influential series of sessions I have been to in recent years”
Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

“This programme drives collaboration across the health economy”
Andrew Foster, Chief Executive, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Making Safety Visible Final Report