The safety of patients is a key priority for all NHS organisations whether they are delivering care or monitoring the effectiveness of that care. Working together to improve patient safety is priority for NHS West Midlands, our hospital trusts and the community. To work with us to provide a patient perspective on safety issues, we have appointed two Patient Safety Champions who are volunteers and members of the general public and live and work in the West Midlands area.
At NHS West Midlands, safety is seen as an integral part of quality which also comprises effectiveness, equality and patient/carer experience. Patient safety has been developed in support of the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) goals of assessing and improving effectiveness and safety of clinical services, innovation, resulting in positive experience for all service users. The SHA’s Director of Nursing and Workforce has board level responsibility for patient safety and though the engagement of Trust Chief Executives, Medical and Nursing Directors , safety is promoted as the first priority, everyone’s business and a ‘must do’ for Primary Care Trusts and Hospital Trusts.