Join our SAFE Quality Improvement Collaborative and improve safety in Paediatrics

Join SAFE today and improve safety in your hospital

Situation Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) is a collaborative programme developed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to support clinical teams to improve communication, build a safety-based culture, and deliver better outcomes for children and young people.

The SAFE programme includes Quality Improvement theory, situation awareness methodology and planning of safety huddles on the wards. It has been implemented in over 50 teams across the UK and we are delighted to bring this initiative to Ireland.

Trainee performing check up.

Why join SAFE?

When you join this collaborative you will work with expert faculty to achieve the following aims:

  • Reduce avoidable error and harm to acutely unwell children
  • Improve communication between all individuals involved in a child’s care
  • Improve the working culture for healthcare staff providing care to children
  • Increase the involvement of parents, children and young people in their care

What is a collaborative?

An improvement collaborative is a short-term learning system that brings together teams from different hospital sites to seek improvement in a specific subject area. Subject matter experts work together with improvement experts, using quality improvement methodology to implement changes at the front line of healthcare.



The first one I went on actually told me something I needed to know, I wouldn’t have known otherwise. We got to a baby with a chest problem. And I’d heard in the [medical] handover about the chest problems, so my safety concern was how much oxygen has the baby, you know, is he breathing okay? And the nurse pointed out [in the huddle] that there were safeguarding issues, and I had no previous knowledge about that.

Consultant, and past SAFE programme participant

The Health Foundation Situation Awareness for Everyone: Final Report. The Health Foundation; 2018

You don’t need previous Quality Improvement experience!

The SAFE collaborative caters for all levels of Quality Improvement knowledge. You will receive an introduction to quality improvement methodology and tools.

How is SAFE training delivered?

Each participating site will support at least one project team to attend a number of centrally hosted learning sessions. These sessions, based on the RCPCH co-designed resource pack, will be a mix of didactic lectures, case studies, interactive group activities and project based learning. The time between these sessions will be designated as action periods, during which teams will utilise QI methodology to test improvement ideas at their hospital sites.

What’s the time commitment?

The collaborative will commence with one full day learning session in October 2018, followed by five half-day learning sessions from November 2018 to March 2019; these will be based in Dublin. Each project team member will be expected to attend all of the learning sessions.

Who should be on your project team?

Your project team should include three to four members, representing senior clinical decision makers and key care providers during the paediatric inpatient journey. Each member of the team must be in a position to exert organisational change within their institution. At least one paediatric consultant, one senior nurse and an NCHD should participate. Project teams should expect to meet at least once per week for the duration of the collaborative.

I think it helps that boundary between medical staff and nursing staff. It sort of links them a little bit more… Having that time to discuss patients—it’s usually something that the medical team would do together and the nursing team would do together in different ways.

Nurse, and past SAFE programme participant

How to sign up

If you are interested in joining the SAFE collaborative, email Dr Naomi Nowlan at 

To facilitate the collaborative, there will be a cost of participation for each team attending the suite of learning sessions, estimated at €3,550 per project team.

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