Keeping our patients safe is one of our top priorities. Our safety plan sets out 10 clear promises for patients. These are our always events. We are committed to carrying out these checks within the first 24 hours of admission and correcting them immediately when a check has been missed. We report our safety check compliant on a shift by shift basis.
Read our Safety Commitments below:
We will keep our promise to provide safe and compassionate care:
1. Because we complete our Ten out of Ten safety checklist for every patient within 24 hours, all patients will receive expert care.
2. Because we assess and monitor every patient, and learn from every incident, we will protect patients from harm so that they do not experience pressure ulcers or falls that could be avoided.
3. Because we have outstanding infection control practices, we will prevent avoidable infections in our care.
4. Because we always monitor patients’ vital signs at the right time we can and will quickly take action if their condition worsens.
5. Because we involve patients in their care plans, and sign personalised plans, our patients and their carers will be best placed to understand their condition and have an agreed care plan.
6. Because we are committed to providing dementia care in the best possible manner, we will work with carers to always meet the commitments in our focused care plan and John’s Campaign.
7. Because we review all patients with antibiotics every 72 hours, patients will only be given antibiotics when they are needed.
8. Because we always give patients their medication at the right time, no patient will miss out on a dose of medication.
9. Because we give patients clear information about any invasive procedures, patients are able to give informed consent that we will always record.
10. Because we involve patients in their discharge planning, we will usually meet the expected date of discharge and will always follow up home care packages to make sure they are in place
Safe Staffing reports
All hospitals are required to publish information about the numbers of nurses working on each ward day and night, both registered and non registered, together with the percentage of shifts meeting safe staffing guidelines.
This initiative is part of the NHS response to the Francis report and subsequent expectations issued by the Department of Health and CQC to provide greater openness and transparency in the health service.
Information about staffing levels is published monthly and full details are also reported to our Trust Board.