Campaign  •  0 activities  •  0 Contributors  •  46 Supporters

Reducing the length of stays in hospitals. Mobilising patients and staff.

0  offer
0  request
0  challenges
0  volunteers opportunities

Dear Colleagues,

It's much better for a patient's physical and mental wellbeing to leave hospital as soon as they are medically optimised for discharge.

Yet each year, nearly 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in acute hospitals. Many are older people with reduced functional ability (frailty) or cognitive impairment.

Prolonged stays in hospital are harmful as described here. A stay in hospital over 10 days leads to 10 years of muscle ageing for people who are most at risk.

The benefits of reducing hospital bed occupancy are clear, therefore, but achieving it has proven difficult - particularly during winter.

In Walsall, patients' average length of stay is 1 day longer than the average across the country of 9 days. Walsall Together and Hexitime have joined forces to tackle this problem.

Our immediate ambition is to bring this down to the national average level within 6 months. This campaign gives you an opportunity to play your part and be a part of something bigger.

Simply tag your activity or profile to this campaign and, working together, let's reduce the length of stay in hospitals.

With sincere thanks,

Hesham, John and the Walsall Together team.

 

Hesham Abdalla | 30th Sep 2019

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

Is there something here that you think might be helpful for your ward or service area? Is there a project here you might have some thoughts about or might want to ask how they are coming along or how you might be able to help? This platform gives you the opportunity to give your opinions, ideas or things you might want to share that you’ve already implemented.

Please join this campaign to help support the work already started and share and speed up innovative care.”

 

Stay tuned for more updates

Hesham Abdalla | 02nd Sep 2019

Welcome to the first campaign launched on Hexitime.

This campaign is in partnership with Hexitime and Walsall together. Watch this space for more news

Support as an individual

There are many ways to engage with activities in support of this campaign. You can even yourself. Here's how to get involved:

Share this campaign on social networks:

Latest campaign activities

Members supporting the campaign

An individual

view member profile "Robert Woolf"

Robert Woolf

Director of Made Open
0 Activities
32 Connections
0 Credits
 
  

Founder of Made Open. Building better communities using design and technology. B-Corp certified. A CE50 in 2019.

 ... Read more

View profile

An individual

view member profile "Philip George"
PG

Philip George

Designer
0 Activities
3 Connections
 
  

Working for Made Open, helping to design and test the healthcare skill exchange website. ... Read more

View profile

An individual

view member profile "Richard Best"
RB
2 badges

Richard Best

Improvement Director
0 Activities
5 Connections
2 Credits
 
  

I have always been happy to help others learn or improve. With 22 years of automotive, aerospace and manufacturing experience mostly through Lean but always with clear purpose setting , golden thread and an open challenge to deliver better value th ... Read more

View profile
View all  46  members

Please sign in or register

Search activities

Search activities   |   Search members
In

Advanced search

`

Search members

Search activities   |   Search members   |  
In

Advanced search

`

Search project teams

Search activities   |   Search members   |   Search project teams

Search guide pages

Search activities   |   Search members   |   Search guide pages
In

Advanced search

`

Search Hexitime

Support Reducing the length of stays in hospitals. Mobilising patients and staff.

To show your support for this campaign, add it to your Best Match settings.

Add campaign in Best Match