Goodbye Rl6hello Safety 1st

26 Nov 2014

The search is over and a new name for the South Island electronic risk and incident management system has been found! 

Safety 1st is the new name for RL6 following a naming competition run during October across all South Island DHBs. The competition was well received, with 260 entries submitted by staff at each DHB and from all areas of the service. 

The winning name was submitted by Diane Hickey, HR Administrator and Tanya Tamesvari, a Dental Assistant from Community Dental Services, both at Canterbury DHB. Their creative suggestion has secured them a each a celebratory chocolate cake to share with their colleagues.

The Quality and Safety Group of the South Island Alliance are coordinating the roll out of the new system across the South Island, and had the task of whittling down the vast number of entries to a top three, not an easy task as Mary Gordon, Chair of the Quality and Safety Group explains: “We were delighted with the level of response. Competition entries came in from right across the South Island, with a really wide range of suggestions! It was hard to pick a final winner, but we think Safety 1st is a great fit for the project and really encapsulates what we want people to associate with the new risk management system.”

The new name was selected because it clearly and simply communicates the priority that DHBs place on patient safety, and is easy to remember. It borrows from the same colour palette as the South Island Alliance logo, reflecting the fact that Safety 1st is region-wide. In the logo too, the emphasis is on ‘safety’.

Safety 1s promises to improve patient safety outcomes and support a reduction in all types of risk for DHB patients, staff and visitors aross the region. It will make it easy for staff to report and enter valuable information about patient safety and risk, enabling DHBs to monitor what is and is not working well and support managers to continuously improve standards of care. 

The new system will also make it easy for staff to access and share clinical learnings from outcome reviews, enable the creation of consistent reporting and support the collection and monitoring of patient safety data.




For more information contact Anna Dorsey, South Island Alliance communications on 027 588 4672, or email




Published on: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, under Uncategorised