Month: September 2016

Chief Executive’s Tale


I have been re-reading the Kings Fund report The chief executive’s tale and was really struck again by what an astonishing insight it is into how a chief executive in the NHS feels and thinks and the aspects that are so very relevant to our work at Sign up to Safety. Firstly, we have focused on understanding the unique aspects of patient safety (as opposed to quality) related to human error, human factors and the cross […]

Social Movements


There is a lot of talk about social movements at the moment.  Social movements are not created they emerge and they are dynamic.  They often arise as a response to intolerable conditions or societal behaviours.  The leaders of social movements create the conditions for others to achieve a shared purpose (Ganz 2010).  They facilitate trust, motivation and commitment and are in the end about; ‘changing the world, not yearning for it, or just thinking about it’ (Ganz 2010) […]

Our throughline


When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. Dalai Lama Everything we do should be about keeping patients as safe as we can and the vast majority of healthcare is provided safely and effectively, however, just like any high risk industry, things can and do go wrong. The science of patient safety is relatively young. Early pioneers identified aspects of safety in the […]