Patient Safety Zone

STEW Model

A Safety & Improvement Model for Healthcare

Systems Thinking for Everyday Work (STEW)

The principles contained in these cards can be used to frame team discussions to encourage a systems approach to exploring and improving safety in healthcare.

They can help to:

  • Understand the current system
  • Analyse incidents (with both wanted and unwanted outcomes)
  • Identifiy improvement priorites 
  • Develop change ideas and their implementation into current work systems
  • Monitor, evaluate and spread change


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