‘A safety culture in healthcare can be thought of as one where staff have positive perceptions of psychological safety, teamwork, and leadership, and feel comfortable discussing errors.’
The culture of an organisation influences safety outcomes for patients. Safety culture refers to both the climate among staff and the approach to ensuring patient safety. A first step to enable organisations (or units and departments within an organisation) to improve their safety culture is to understand what the current culture is like for staff working within teams.
The assessment of safety culture is encouraged in high risk industries but is less widespread in health and social care. However a number of different safety culture assessment tools are emerging for use in health and social care, particularly in the acute setting. In this programme, we have road-tested a number of safety climate assessment tools within Primary Care but the learning could be applied to any area of health and social care, whatever tool is being used.
Are you interested in undertaking safety culture work within your team? Have a look at some of the available tools below: