The SAFER patient flow bundle and Red2Green days approach


Here we provide easy access to resources that will help you implement the SAFER patient flow bundle and Red2Green days in your organisation. When followed consistently, these can reduce length of stay and improve patient flow and safety.

Watch this video for an introduction to Safer, faster, better and a summary of the national guidance underpinning it.

For a more detailed account of the Safer, faster, better approach, read this guidance

SAFER patient flow bundle

The SAFER patient flow bundle blends five elements of best practice. It’s important to implement all five together for cumulative benefits. It works particularly well when used with the ‘Red2Green days’ approach. 

The five elements of the SAFER patient flow bundle are: 

S – Senior review

A – All patients have an expected discharge date and clinical criteria for discharge

F – Flow

E – Early discharge

R – Review

In this webinar we explain the SAFER patient flow bundle – as well as the importance for patient flow of senior review of every patient, in every bed, on every day – and give some useful tips for implementing it.

Red2Green days

We all know that sometimes patients spend days in hospital that do not directly contribute toward their discharge. We believe that by working better together we can reduce the number of these ‘red days’ in favour of value-adding ‘green days’.

Watch this video for an overview of the Red2Green days approach. You can use this to train staff in the approach.

Find out more

For the latest improvements arising from the SAFER patient flow bundle and Red2Green days see FacebookTwitterThe Academy of Fabulous Stuff and The Edge.

You can also follow these hashtags on Twitter for highlights of the latest achievements across the country.

Share your improvement stories and resources with colleagues across the NHS by submitting them to our Improvement Hub.

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