This programme has now closed but you may find the below resources useful. Please note the information on this webpage was correct at the time of publication:

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 was 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). To see a poster summary of the ED Safety Checklist project, including results and challenges click here.

The Emergency Department Safety Checklist aimed 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.

Resources – (these were up to date at time of publication)

Read our ED Checklist case study.

Watch a 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.

A Journal of Clinical Nursing article evaluating the introduction of the Emergency Department (ED) safety checklist in two UK hospital emergency departments.

Evaluation and awards

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 on the Health Foundation’s website.

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

ED Safety Checklist scoops 2017 national Patient Safety award

The ED Collaborative won the HSJ Patient Safety Award ‘Best Patient Safety Initiative in A&E’ in 2017.  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.

Adoption (or is it adaption?) and spread in practice

The adoption and spread of a great idea from one complex healthcare system to another is rarely straight forward. In this short video, Ellie Wetz, Programme Manager, reviews the key elements of the project and how it was adopted and spread in the West of England.


Whilst this is now a completed project, we’re always keen to hear your experiences and ideas, if you would like to discuss the ED Safety Checklist, please contact our patient safety team.

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