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Nurse staffing levels – is the topic of conversation

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

As May turns to June things are really hotting up in preparation for the first national staffing numbers return for publishing on 24th June and the NICE Guidance recently published on the same.

All hospitals that have beds have to report planned staffing versus actual staffing by the hour, by day shift and by night shift. This raw figure will report on the number of Registered Nurses, Registered Midwives and Clinical Support Workers working any given shift against what the staffing levels should have been.

This will be a great challenge and industry for ward managers where electronic rostering is not implemented, or where the exceptions to support individual working pattern preference over service need is not well managed.

For better or worse this exercise will force Ward Managers, Senior Sisters, Midwives and Matrons to have those difficult conversations and will shine a beacon of good practice on those who ‘run a tight ship’

…and what of the published data? Matron Mary’s opinion is that without a narrative and story it will be pretty meaningless, how acutely ill were the patients? How many beds on a ward? What is the expected acuity for elective admissions over the week and is this reflected in staffing numbers? There is so much more to safe staffing than pure numbers! Lazy journalists may well have a field day with this – But  YOU know that, comments please?

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Staff worried at CQC’s Ofsted style rating system

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

I have left the day job for a week to wander around the country catching up with old colleagues, I’ve been listening hard! What do I hear?

The impending next wave of CQC inspections feature high in anxieties, the new ‘Ofsted’ style rating system and the change in approach coupled with intelligent monitoring   promises a very different experience for organizations.

Read CQC’s report on their next inspection phase

One large London Trust told told me ‘we are expecting our inspection soon and are a Trust in turnaround, we are anticipating 90 inspectors’

I heard what kept folk awake at night so let’s develop a sleep strategy for those of us who care so passionately for our patients experience.

  • Get from behind our desks
  • Walk around talk to patients and staff and listen hard
  • Take action and communicate well

SIMPLES! – Well Complex maybe but not Difficult

Sleep tight

Matron Mary

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Remember High Impact Interventions

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Winter approaches – NHS beware

We are all rightly implementing the recommendations from Francis, Keogh & Berwick, but as winter approaches lets not forget the disasters that were Stoke Mandeville and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and the suffering caused by clostridium Diffiicile.

Remember Saving Lives’ High Impact Interventions? Get real time assurance to reduce your Health Care Associated Infections

Click here to find all those HIIs 

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2nd CQC inspections announced

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The CQC hospital inspection programme enters its 2’nd phase of CQC inspections in January. Are you prepared and in possession of your internal and external assurance?

19 acute trusts are named today as the next trusts to be inspected using larger, expert teams that include professional and clinical staff and trained members of the public. These will be the first trusts to be given ratings by CQC.

 

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Welcome to Matron Mary’s blog – real-life stories discussing CQC inspections from our senior nurse. Read this blog and share her challenges, frustrations and top tips ……..

Read top tips from the wards, apply the latest guidance from CQC in your care home, hear about whole system integrated improvement programmes.

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vHealth – trading name for Videre Ltd

Monday, August 19th, 2013

vHealth is the new trading name for Videre Ltd.

Welcome to our new website

We hope you are enjoying our new website, we are certainly receiving positive feedback on the design and content. We plan to keep you updated with how CQC changes will affect your Care Home and Hospital through regular bulletins and feedback from our clients.

 

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