Situation Awareness For Everyone (SAFE) Collaborative

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Join SAFE today and improve safety in your hospital

Starts 8 October 2019

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.

We are now welcoming applications from teams planning to take part in the collaborative commencing in October 2019. Places on the programme are limited and it is anticipated that project teams will secure organisational support for participation in this programme.

What you will learn

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 QI Collaborative?

A quality improvement (QI) 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 is 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 participant, Health Foundation Final Report 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 SAFE training is delivered - What to expect

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.

The time commitment

The collaborative will commence with one full day learning session in October 2019, followed by five half-day learning sessions from November 2019 to March 2020; these will be based in Dublin.

Each project team member will be expected to attend all of the learning sessions.

Who to include 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.

Dates for in-house learning sessions

You will be required to attend the following learning sessions as part of the collaborative:

  • Tuesday 8 October 2019, 9am - 5pm
  • Thursday 14 November 2019, 1pm - 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 17 December 2019, 1pm - 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 14 January 2020, 1pm - 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 February 2020, 1pm - 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 24 March 2020, 1pm - 4.30pm

Got questions about SAFE?

If you would like to speak to somone about SAFE before applying please contact Rachel MacDonell, QI Programme Manager at

If you would like to be invoiced for the collaborative please contact