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What is a Safety Huddle? Watch our video and find out more


If you visit any of our wards and see a group of doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants looking like they are just having a 'chat' they are holding a 'Safety Huddle'.

Safety huddles are being rolled out across the three hospitals as part of a project funded by Health Education East Midlands and led by Simon Robinson, Damian Roland and Dr Ceri Jones ((supported by Dr Will Green and Dr John Maltby from University of Leicester) examining the implementation and effectiveness of Safety huddles.

Safety huddles were first developed in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

  • Safety huddles are short multidisciplinary briefings designed to give healthcare staff, clinical and non-clinical and opportunities understand what is going on with each patient and anticipate future risks to improve patient safety and care. 
  • The aim is to create an environment where staff regularly communicate and feel safe to raise concerns about patient safety. 
  • The exchange of information must be rapid (5 - 10 minutes) and structured so as to optimise engagement and exchange only the essential information. Safety huddles are aimed at improving Situational Awareness. 
  • The ability to monitor and recognise cues to increase staff awareness of what is happening around them. 
  • Integrate information to develop a comprehensive picture of the current status of patients. 
  • Anticipate how that knowledge obtained might adversely affect the current situation both immediately and in the near future.  

The huddles have also featured in the local newspaper, click to view: Leicester Mercury, 14 October 2015

For more information contact Dr Ceri Jones Patient Safety Improvement Specialist on ceri.jones@uhl-tr.nhs.uk or Childrenshuddles@uhl-tr.nhs.uk.

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