The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


About Us

Patient Safety


Patient Safety - Falls

We know that patients fall whilst they are in our care and a small number suffer harm as a consequence. This is the most common harm that is reported by NHS trusts. We first identified this as a priority goal for improvement in 2014/15 and continue to include this as a priority to help us make further improvements.

In July 2014, as part of the Quality Improvement Programme, we launched a collaborative programme for 14 wards supported by the Haelo group from Salford Royal Hospitals Foundation Trust. Throughout 2015/16 we finalised the intervention bundle (Safety huddles, Toileting, Footwear, Post fall reviews and Cohorting) and have continued to work with our pilot wards embedding all five interventions.

Towards the latter part of 2015/16 we have started to identify and work with other clinical teams to spread the intervention bundle to other wards. Our plan in 2016-17 is to have a planned scale up to all inpatient areas.

Patient Safety - Pressure Ulcers

Reducing the number and severity of pressure ulcers is crucial so that we can provide safe and effective care for our patients at all times.

In 2015/16 we embedded the use of a revised risk assessment tool, and throughout the year we have had no category 4 pressure ulcers develop in comparison to 5 in 2014/15.

We have also seen a reduction in category 3 and category 2 pressure ulcers. We have been working to develop a set of interventions with a group of wards to test, using a similar methodology as the falls improvement work.

Our aim is to achieve zero avoidable category 3 or 4 pressure ulcers developed in our hospitals by the end of 2016/17.  

Patient Safety - Maternity care

We know that harm caused to a mother and baby in maternity services is a cause of significant concern. Our maternity team has developed an improvement plan which aims to reduce the risk of harm to mothers and babies. This is linked to our ‘Sign up to Safety’ Improvement Plan and a successful bid for funding in 2015/16.

Our aim is to achieve a 50% reduction in wrongful birth, loss of a baby, and care delivery events by March 2018.

This will be achieved through;
• Staff training and support
• Improved screening
• Audit and public health interventions.