New CCG vow to improve patient safety

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 July 2015


PATIENTS in North Somerset may soon have access to ‘the safest healthcare system in the world’ following the launch of a new campaign.

North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has pledged to improve patient safety as part of the national campaign Sign Up To Safety.

The idea is to ‘build a safer NHS’ by tackling issues of ‘unsafe care and avoidable harm’, with the CCG one of 200 health bodies around the UK vowing to raise standards.

The CCG says it will engage patients and staff to ensure its plans are focused on ‘what is important to our community’ and also promises to make its plans – and progress – available for public scrutiny.

Mary Backhouse, the CCG’s chief clinical officer, said: “By joining Sign Up To Safety, we are promising all patients and staff in North Somerset CCG that we are placing the safety of patient care above all else.

“We will achieve this by learning from each other and focusing on the areas where we can make care safer.

“We will focus our efforts and concentrate on a small number of priority areas where avoidable harm can be reduced for the majority of patients.”

The CCG’s backing for the new campaign has been welcomed by Suzette Woodward, director of Sign Up To Safety.

She said: “Our ambition is for the whole NHS in England to become the safest healthcare system in the world and North Somerset CCG is playing a critical part in helping to achieve this.

“We are committed to supporting the NHS to place patient safety first.

“Patient safety is the organising principle of high quality healthcare; only safe healthcare services are truly efficient, effective and able to offer the best experience to patients and carers.”

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