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Emergency Department (ED) Safety Checklist

Our Emergency Department Collaborative was set up in August 2016 to encourage greater collaboration between each of the six acute trust emergency departments (EDs) across the West of England, as well as the South Western Ambulance Service. One of the collaborative’s key areas of work has been the implementation of the Emergency Department (ED) Safety Checklist (developed by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust) across all seven emergency departments in the region (spanning six hospital trusts and the ambulance service). 

The aims of the Emergency Department Safety Checklist are to standardise and improve the delivery of basic care in EDs, to improve resilience in EDs during periods of crowding, to improve the safety and clinical outcomes for patients accessing the emergency care system, and to improve ED performance against Best Practice Tariffs.


Two-minute video from @UHBristolNHS describing the benefits of an ED safety checklist:

To support roll-out, we have developed an ED Safety Checklist toolkit.

This one page case study summarises the practical learning from the local roll-out.

Download an editable version of the checklist for local implementation or a PDF for printing.

Watch a recording of the webinar on 23 October 2017 with Dr Emma Redfern, Dr Rebecca Hoskins, Jason Lugg and Caroline Clarke.

To see a summary of the project including results and challenges on a single page click here. A case study has also been published on the NHS Improvement Hub for improving quality and safety in healthcare.

Evaluation and awards

Members of the West of England Emergency Department Collaborative

The pilot of the ED Safety Checklist by University Hospitals Bristol has been fully evaluated.  The report demonstrates clear and tangible improvements in basic clinical care and patient safety in ED during the pilot period. Read the report here on the Health Foundation’s website.

We hosted a masterclass in April 2016; read the presentation slides and report.

ED Safety Checklist scoops national Patient Safety award

The ED Collaborative won the HSJ Patient Safety Award ‘Best Patient Safety Initiative in A&E.  The judges felt the checklist had already achieved a significant impact on patient safety and, having already spread across multiple organisations, could see the potential for wider adoption across the country.

This year saw fierce competition for the coveted Patient Safety Awards with over 550 submission, of which only 170 made it to the final cut, and from those 21 deserving winners were decided by an expert panel of judges. To read the full article, click here.


If you would like to find out more about the ED Safety Checklist, please do get in touch.