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Patient safety campaign celebrates successful first year

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More than 90% of acute trusts in England have now signed up to the Patient Safety First campaign, a year after it was launched.

So far 92% of acute trusts have officially signed up, along with 51% of mental health trusts and 58% of PCTs.

There has been 100% take-up among acute trusts in the North West, South West and Yorkshire and Humber. Regions with the lowest are South East Coast with 64% and London with 79%.

The campaign was launched this time last year at the 2008 NHS Confederation conference by a group of around 20 clinicians and managers with a desire to improve patient safety.

One of the senior nurses behind the initiative is Marie-Noelle Orzel, director of nursing at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, who said the campaign was going ‘really well’. ‘Most hospitals are doing a range of projects to improve the quality and safety of care,’ she told Nursing Times.

The Patient Safety First campaign has the backing of the National Patient Safety Agency, the Health Foundation and the NHS Institute for Improvement and Innovation.

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