Culture and LeadershipIn recent years there has been an increasing focus in the UK and internationally on approaches to improve safety and this has led to greater recognition of the importance of the culture of organisations and teams.

Our goals

A number of surveys, frameworks and assessment tools have been developed to understand the culture of an organisation, whether it is ready for improvement initiatives and the factors that may most help or hinder improvement efforts.

General ‘organisational culture’ tools of various types are available, as are tools specifically to assess safety culture. We will invite all provider organisations to take part in the assessment of their organisations’ culture/safety climate.

In addition to the cultural assessment we will support trust boards through a development programme delivered by AQuA (Advancing Quality Alliance).

How will we know if we are making an impact?

We will present information as case studies. Cultural assessments will be undertaken for up to 4 years. We will be able to map over time the changes in staff perception of safety, the boards’ development of a safety culture and evaluate the impact of safety interventions using a psychological safety questionnaire. Together these measures will support organisations to develop their safety culture.

Insight from Lyn Bacon CEO, Nottingham City Care about her AQuA experience

Andy Haynes, Medical Director at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust talks about this experience of AQuA

Prem Singh, Derbyshire Community Health Services, talks about East Midlands PSC AQuA board development

Cathy Winfield, Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Experience at Royal Derby Hospital talks about East Midlands PSC AQuA board development and safety