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The RCOG Signs up to Safety

News 29 June 2015

The RCOG has pledged to improve patient safety as part of the national campaign, Sign up to Safety.

Sign up to Safety is a national patient safety campaign, led by NHS England to help build a safer NHS and address the problem of unsafe care and avoidable harm.

The five Sign up to Safety pledges are:

  • Put safety first. Commit to reducing avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public the goals and plans developed locally.
  • Continually learn. Be more resilient to risks as an organisation, by acting on the feedback from patients and by constantly measuring and monitoring how safe services are.
  • Be honest. Be transparent with people about progress to tackle patient safety issues and support staff to be candid with patients and their families if something goes wrong.
  • Collaborate. Take a leading role in supporting local collaborative learning, so that improvements are made across all of the local services that patients use.
  • Be supportive. Help people understand why things go wrong and how to put them right. Give staff the time and support to improve and celebrate progress.

Professor Alan Cameron, RCOG Vice President for Clinical Quality said:

“Following the Francis and Kirkup reports, the focus on patient safety has never been greater and the RCOG is committed to ensuring that this is embedded into everything we do.

“We believe that the ethos of patient safety should be ingrained into the professional development of every doctor throughout their careers, placing the patient at the centre of their care.

“Our recent Working Party report, Becoming Tomorrow’s Specialist, ensures that a patient safety culture is part of the future development of all specialists. We are making improvements to our CPD programme which will also be of huge benefit to the patients we serve with greater emphasis on non-clinical skills such as team working, patient advocacy and safety.”


For further information, please contact the RCOG Media and PR team on +44 20 7772 6300 or email

More information is available on the Sign up to Safety website.