Safety Fundamentals for Teams

Safety Fundamentals to support teams during COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought with it rapid changes to our workplaces and work teams. To support individuals and teams in responding to the pace of change and the need for everyone to be ready to step up to lead, speak up for safety and take time to care for self and each other, we have developed some additional resources based on the Safety Fundamentals for Teams.

Key points about Safety Fundamentals

  • An activity which focuses on strengthening behaviours that impact safe and quality care
  • When effectively implemented and regularly evaluated they have the potential to deliver quick and measurable gains
  • Associated with a positive impact in staff and patient experience

Additional resources

  • Going Home Checklist
    • Taking the time to pause and reflect on what has happened during the day can prepare you to leave work at work.
  • Be a voice for safety
    • Early identification of emerging risks is essential. Voicing  these risks early will have a direct impact on your safety and delivery of safe care to our patients.
  • Leadership during times of high pressure
    • 5 strategies to help leaders focus and provide clear direction during COVID-19.
  • Safety Huddles – COVID-19
    • Continuing to practice Safety Huddles during COVID-19 may require staff to make changes to usual Safety Huddles practices.
  • Wellbeing – FACECOVID-19
    • FACE COVID is a set of practical steps you can follow to best cope with the very normal feelings of fear and anxiety you may be experiencing in the current COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Key thoughts for teams and leaders to help under pressure
    • This document was developed by the UK Clinical Human Factors Group (2020) to provide tips around teamwork, leadership and communication when working under pressure.

Safety Fundamentals for Teams

Effective teamwork and communication are foundational elements in a culture of safety and are key elements of high reliability organisations. Our inability to communicate effectively within teams and with patients and their carers is directly linked to patient harm.

Safety Fundamentals are practical tools, most of which require a short implementation time and have the potential to bring quick measurable gains.

There are eight Safety Fundamentals:

For further information contact the Capability & Culture team.