Supporting Patients and Healthcare Staff to Improve Patient Safety: Developing an Implementation Package for ThinkSAFE

Approximately 10% of hospital patients are harmed by the care they receive, leading to many approaches to improving safety, including an international emphasis on patient involvement.

Within a previous research programme the project group developed ThinkSAFE, a user-informed robust approach supporting patient and family involvement in improving in-patient safety. To support broad, effective and rapid dissemination and implementation of ThinkSAFE, an Implementation Package was developed in collaboration with five regional NHS Foundation Trusts, as part of this AHSN NENC Patient Safety Collaborative funded project.

The implementation package includes a detailed user-guide and implementation toolkit. This, and the ThinkSAFE materials, are now freely accessible to NHS Trusts and patients via a dedicated website, www.thinksafe.care.  Further work, also funded by AHSN NENC, will now focus on the development of a business plan for sustainability of ThinkSAFE, further promoting widespread and sustained implementation.

ThinkSAFE aims to encourage collaborative interactions between patients and healthcare professionals to improve patient safety and provides essential support to both to enable this.  The approach therefore has the potential to promote a fundamental shift in the way that patients and staff work together to deliver improved patient experience and safety across whole organisations.

Programme Resources

ThinkSafe: Supporting Patients and Healthcare Staff to Improve Patient Safety –  Case Study

ThinkSafe Programme Poster

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