How to sign up


To sign up your organisation to the campaign there are 3 central commitments:

  1. Describe the actions your organisation will undertake in response to the five Sign up to Safety pledges and agree to publish this on your organisation’s website for staff, patients and the public to see. You may like to share and get feedback your pledges before you publish – we will be happy to provide this.
  2. If you are an acute, ambulance, community, or mental health organisation providing care for patients, commit to turn your proposed actions into a Safety Improvement Plan which will show how your organisation intends to save lives and reduce harm for patients over the next 3 years. Again, feedback will be available, if you wish to access it, to assist in the description of these plans.
  3. Within your Safety Improvement Plan you will be asked to identify the patient safety improvement areas you will focus on.

A sign up pack is available to download here which will guide through the sign up process. Once you have emailed your sign up pack to, you will be sent a welcome pack with information on what to do next.


There are over a million people working across the health and care system who can Sign up to Safety by sharing what they will do to support the five Sign up Safety pledges (see below) and completing the online pledge form.

Once you have completed your pledge form you will be emailed a personalised Sign up to Safety pledge certificate within 14 days.

We’d also love it if you could help spread the word on Twitter by following us @SignuptoSafety and also tweet what you’re doing to improve safety using the hashtag #signuptosafety

The five Sign up to Safety Pledges

  1. Putting safety first. Commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public our locally developed goals and plans
  2. Continually learn. Make our organisation more resilient to risks, by acting on the feedback from patients and staff and by constantly measuring and monitoring how safe our services are
  3. Being honest. Be transparent with people about our progress to tackle patient safety issues and support staff to be candid with patients and their families if something goes wrong
  4. Collaborating. Take a lead role in supporting local collaborative learning, so that improvements are made across all of the local services that patients use
  5. Being 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.

National Patient Safety Priorities

Table showing National Patient Safety Priorities