Sign Up To Safety

Patient safety starts with me, you and everyone

Patient safety requires courage, optimism and commitment – and crucially a belief that whatever our role, wherever we work - our individual contribution matters.

HCT is proud to have ‘Signed Up To Safety’ and to have joined the hundreds of other organisations across England who are part of this three year national campaign.

We take the well-being of our patients very seriously and pledge that we will always:

  • Put patient safety first
  • Continually learn
  • Be honest and transparent
  • Work collaboratively
  • Be supportive

We know that HCT staff have a passion for delivering quality care to our patients and we are confident that, by joining the Sign Up To Safety campaign, we will continue to build on the positive patient safety culture that we have within Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.

If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

Clare Hawkins, Director of Quality & Governance and Chief Nurse

Anne McPherson, Non-Executive Director

January 2016

What does Sign Up To Safety mean for our patients?

Sign up to Safety is a three year campaign that supports organisations strengthen their commitment to harm free care through identifying and focusing on areas they consider would make the most difference to patient safety.  HCT has identified five key areas of focus and has signed up to reduce harm over the next three years.  The five areas are: 

  • Improved patient pathways for handover and discharge across service areas, teams and patients families and carers. 
  • Reduction in medication errors and increased reporting of all medication incidents including near misses.
  • Reduction of category 2 to 4 pressure ulcers and elimination of all avoidable category 3 and 4 pressure ulcers. 
  • Reduction of the number of falls in our community hospitals and those resulting in harm.
  • Improved early recognition of the deteriorating patient and embedding of the Sepsis Six pathway across our community hospitals.

Implementing the Five Pledges in HCT

Please click here to read about the five pledges.

Further information about the national Sign Up To Safety campaign can be found on the Sign Up To Safety website:

Please click here to read our Sign Up To Safety 2015/16 year end update.