Table 2

 Safety climate factors and % responses to items

Disagree strongly*Disagree slightly*Neutral*Agree slightly*Agree strongly*Not applicable†
*Percentage of valid responses (not including “not applicable”) from direct patient care staff.
†Percentage of total responses from direct patient care staff.
Safety climate factor 1: Attitudes to safety within own team; capacity to learn from errors (Cronbach’s α = 0.73)
I am encouraged by my colleagues to report any patient safety concerns I may have14728601
The culture where I work makes it easy to learn from the errors of others472135323
I receive appropriate feedback about my performance8131734281
Medical errors are handled appropriately here141827505
I know the proper channels to which I should direct questions regarding patient safety14630591
Safety climate factor 2: Overall confidence in safety of organisation(Cronbach’s α = 0.70)
The levels of staffing where I work are sufficient to handle the number of patients22231125192
I would feel safe being treated as a patient in this service5101127471
Management does not knowingly compromise the safety of patients661422512
Safety climate factor 3: Perceptions of management’s attitudes to safety(Cronbach’s α = 0.78)
This organisation is doing more for patient safety now than it did one year ago453628275
Leadership is driving us to be a safety centred organisation473234233
My suggestions about safety would be acted upon if I expressed them to management561638352