Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust has a current length of stay (LoS) for non-elective in patients which is in the bottom 3rd quartile nationally; given that patients who spend longer in hospital are at greater risk of harm, it is not in our patients’ interest and frustrating for them, our staff and the organisation.
To improve patient safety, care and outcomes the Trust has set an ambition of achieving the National median for LoS by 31 March 2020, which is the reduction of 1 day from our current average. This target is across the Trust, however MLTC are pioneering a number of Quality Improvement (QI) projects which are looking to lead the way for identifying wider improvements across the organisation. The aim is to ensure the Right Patient get to the Right Bed, First time providing Safe, high quality care.
Following a number of workshops with representation from the multi-disciplinary teams working in Medicine and Long Term Conditions (MLTC) together with colleagues in the Community and Clinical Support, the team worked together to populate their “4N Chart”. (Nuggets/Niggles/NiceIfs/NoNos)
From this work a number of key Improvement Changes have been identified. Wards have subsequently nominated themselves to undertake small improvement changes on their areas. These include:
Improving drug charts completion to reduce errors and improve discharge flow
Review of documentation to potentially reduce unneccesary paperwork and spped up the EDS
What does good Board round practice look like – and how can we share it?
Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy using innovative technology in community
Nursing Home discharge pathways – how can we speed up discharges safely?
Weekend Phlebotomy to reduce waits for results
Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool to enhance patients mobilisation earlier and more effectively
Reducing "lost" CT scan slots when patients move from the emergency department
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