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In Safe Hands - releasing the potential of clinical teams

Program Overview

The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) In Safe Hands program, provides a platform for building and sustaining efficient and effective health care teams within a complex health care environment.

In Safe Hands is supported by 10 functions that enable teams to become a cohesive unit placing patients at the centre of care. Teams who have implemented In Safe Hands concepts have demonstrated improvements in teamwork and communication, decreased length of stay, improved patient and staff satisfaction and a decrease in adverse events.

In Safe Hands creates highly reliable teams, enabling them to address daily challenges of patient care and empowering them to make good decisions based on understanding the full scope of a patient's care. The result is that all members of a health care team are better placed to solve problems as they arise.

In Safe Hands:

  • Recognises health care teams as the providers of care
  • Identifies the patient as a part of the team
  • Allows teams to be co-located in one physical location throughout the day
  • Extablishes a framework of functions that health care teams perform
  • Provides guidelines for conducting Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR)
  • Promotes a shared mental model for care ensuring that all members of the team have the same understanding of the care that is required.

Ten Functions Essential to In Safe Hands

Figure 1

In Safe Hands - Team Functions




Please direct your queries and correspondence to:

Program Lead, In Safe Hands.
Clinical Excellence Commission
Locked Bag 8
Haymarket NSW 1240

Phone: (02) 9269 5571   Fax: (02) 9269 5599