S.A.F.E Resource Pack

You can use the presentations, tools and techniques in this resource to introduce and improve situation awareness locally. These can help you improve communication, build a safety-based culture and deliver better outcomes for children and young people.

What is situation awareness?

It takes the perspective of everyone involved in a child's healthcare at hospital - doctors, nurses, porters, families and children themselves - so that the clinical team can take the best decisions.

Situation awareness is about improving communication within clinical teams, and between clinical teams and patients and their families. 

It is key to delivering safe care to patients.

What is the S.A.F.E programme?

S.A.F.E stands for Situation Awareness For Everyone. The RCPCH has developed this programme, with two main aims:

  • to provide an evidence base to support the concept that improved situation awareness leads to improved outcomes for paediatric patients in acute settings
  • to support the spread of improved situation awareness by providing a resource that hospitals can use to improve it locally.

What does this resource pack include?

This resource pack will help implement the S.A.F.E programme in your ward, hospital or NHS Trust.

It includes an introduction, plus 6 sections each with information, tools and worked examples. The sections are:

  1. Quality improvement 
  2. Patient safety culture
  3. Structured communication
  4. Recognising deterioration
  5. The 'huddle'
  6. Evaluation and spread

Who is resource pack for?

It is for anyone working with infants, children and young people who want to deliver better health outcomes - by improved communication within the clinical team and with patients and their familes.

We designed the resource pack for the acute paediatric setting. However, the concepts are universal, and you can apply the tools in community settings, and beyond paediatrics and child health.

Start with the introduction