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First wave of SAFE Graduates

Eleven teams successfully participated

Teams from the first wave of the Irish Situation Awareness For Everyone (SAFE) Collaborative graduated in RCPI on 11 June. Eleven teams, representing frontline multidisciplinary paediatric staff from all over Ireland, successfully participated in the SAFE Collaborative which aims to enhance patient safety, teamwork and collaborative culture in a clinical setting.

Reported benefits

The SAFE Collaborative reported four main benefits to date. In the area of situation awareness all teams reported improvements, including examples of reduced medical error, improved prescription behaviour and prevention of unplanned transfer. Paediatric teams were facilitated to network, learn together and share achievements, creating a new level of collegiality across paediatric care settings in Ireland. Greater patient engagement was aided as a number of teams surveyed and interviewed patients and their families to help to see where to improve. And finally, the Manchester Patient Safety Framework (MaPSaF) results showed improved safety culture within teams and organisations.

The journey

Teams each submitted a video story of their improvement journey, with funny, creative, innovative and powerful results. The University College Hospital Galway video (below) was screened at the Europaediatrics Congress at the Convention Centre, Dublin on 14 June.

Next steps for Irish SAFE Teams

Teams were encouraged to ‘imagine’ the future of Irish paediatric care and continue to work towards person-centred, equitable and safe practices. The first wave teams are invited to attend session one of the second cohort to offer inspiration and ‘buddy’ support to new teams and to receive further coaching to support sustainability.

SAFE is a collaborative improvement programme developed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health UK under pilot in Ireland 2018/19. Quality improvement methods and patient safety science assists teams to collaborate in addressing challenges of implementation of patient safety initiatives.  We welcome expressions of interest from frontline paediatric and neonatology teams seeking to join this second opportunity. Places are limited so register now!

Register your interest in SAFE Collaborative Cohort 2 by emailing

Yvonne McCahill

Press Officer, Communications Department

Tel: Mobile 086 7723056

For general press enquiries or if you want to speak to a trusted medical expert, contact Yvonne in our Communications Department.