We have been incredibly busy across the QA site this week as many of you will have experienced. This level of pressure is of course not entirely unusual for this time of year, with patients presenting with more seasonal presentations, while at the same time, the number of patients awaiting support with their discharge, has increased over the past week. The same challenges are being felt by many organisations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, but the good news is we believe there is more capacity being made available for those patients to be discharged soon. Thank you to everyone who has worked tirelessly throughout the week to ensure we are able to care for our patients safe and the disruption minimised.
Against this backdrop, on Monday the latest in our series of Trust wide Quality Reviews took place. Over 50 reviewers participated including Trust staff, colleagues from partner organisations and patient representatives to monitor progress against our Quality Recovery Plan which addresses the ‘must do’ actions from last year’s CQC reports. Overall it was very encouraging to note that progress has been made across the board on some of the key areas of focus within our plan. Alongside the improvements we have noted, there are a few areas where we have the opportunity to make more progress and our Divisional Nurse Directors are providing feedback directly to wards and departments about this. Trust wide quality reviews are now a regular feature of how we monitor our progress in collaboration with our partners. Thank you to all those who took part in the review, particularly at such a busy time for the hospital. The time you took to contribute and ensure the review was a success is much appreciated.
Periodically our commissioners also visit our wards and departments to undertake routine clinical service reviews. In November our local CCGs visited our maternity service to provide assurance about the measures we have taken since the CQC inspection in spring last year which had identified some areas for improvement. This week we received the formal feedback from this review which concluded that the CCGs were fully assured about the action taken to improve the service. This is great news for the maternity team who have worked extremely hard and of course for all women who use the service. Thank you again, to all involved.
I’m also pleased to let you know that our neonatal intensive care unit was recently scored as 100 per cent compliant with National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) standards for infection control. This is difficult to achieve, especially on a unit as busy as NICU and reflects the team’s dedication to consistently maintaining high standards of patient care. Congratulations to all involved and keep up the great work.
On Wednesday I attended a meeting of the Wessex Clinical Research Network. The network helps to increase the opportunities for our patients and communities to take part in research and ensure that studies are carried out efficiently. We are a significant player within the local network and as a non-teaching hospital we punch significantly above our weight in our contribution to the research community, thanks to our multi-disciplinary research team expertly led by Professor Anoop Chauhan. It was exciting to explore opportunities for how we can further develop our research capability and ensure that our patients have access to treatments and technologies that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to benefit from.
Finally, yesterday I had the pleasure of spending time in our simulation suite with Lisa Toft, Dr Matt Williams and team. Having received excellent feedback from many of you who have participated in simulation training, I was keen to learn more about the activities supported by the team, right across PHT. I was impressed with the extent to which simulation is used for multi-professional learning as well as with the wide array of skills and equipment we have within the team. Our ability to provide training on the practical application of skills means that staff at all levels can be best prepared for the real life clinical scenarios they are likely to experience. This is one of the ways in which we will be able to prepare all of our teams to deliver even safer care for our patients and I am very keen to support it. If you haven’t yet been able to benefit from simulation training I would encourage you to speak with your manager to discuss the range of opportunities available.
I try to say thank you, whenever I am out and about, but I am especially thankful for the way in which teams right across the Trust have pulled together this week. All with one common goal, caring our patients and looking after each other.
Have a great weekend.