The roll out of Safety 1s, the new integrated e-risk management system, is progressing well according to the Quality and Safety Service Level Alliance, with three South Island DHBs now having launched the system to staff across their organisation and at another, more areas gaining access to the system every day.
Canterbury DHB was the first to launch the new system in February and is planning to be in The Princess Margaret Hospital, Burwood Hospital, Hillmorton, Ashburton and rural sites, and Community and Public Health by Easter 2015. Christchurch Hospital campus planning is underway.
Southern DHB went live with the new system on 3rd March, and it is now active in all DHB sites. Nelson Marlborough is the most recent DHB to launch the system to its staff, going live on 9th March. West Coast DHB is planned to go live late March and South Canterbury is planning for 1 July.
The “Go Live” of Safety 1st is viewed as an important progressive step for the South Island Health Services, as they redesign and align the way in which they collect vital information on incidents and patient feedback. This information will then be put to its most important use, improving patient and staff safety and improving the experience of care.
Feedback received from project teams to date suggests that the introduction of the system is being well received by staff, and complaints or problems with the system are minor and are being swiftly managed. The landmark project is being led by the Quality and Safety Service Level Alliance (Q&SSLA), whose members represent each of the five South Island DHBs and together are planning and managing implementation and roll out to each DHB.
The successful progress of the roll out is a testament to the huge effort and careful planning undertaken by project teams at regional and DHB level says Mary Gordon, Chair of the Quality and Safety SLA, “over 400 staff from the South Island have come together to help bring the vision of a regional, integrated, electronic risk management system to life. It has been a huge, and challenging journey and we are delighted that we can now see staff interacting with the new system, which means better reporting, and managing of risk and better patient outcomes over time. Well done everyone!”