Overview and activities
The trust executive team fully endorse the implementation of the Productive ward concept.
The Chief Nurse, Jane Hentley is the executive sponsor and is a key member of the trust steering group.
The trust board agree with the plan set out by the steering group that the programme is the start of a new approach to service improvement, rather than a 'project' with a start and finish - we anticipate that the cycle of improvement will continue to provide benefits in the quality of direct care delivery year on year.
The implementation began in April 2008 with three wards: De Cham, a surgical ward, Folkington an acute medical ward and MacDonald, an elderly care ward. Each ward manager is the lead for their ward and are working with facilitation support from their clinical matron.
Two more wards started in September, James, a Cardiac ward, and Seaford 1 an Orthopaedic Trauma ward. In December 2008 four more wards joined the programme; Baird, a Cardiac step down ward, Gardner, a female general surgery ward, Cookson Devas, an Orthopaedic Trauma ward and Kipling, one of our Children’s wards. There will be four more wards starting on the programme every three months until all inpatient areas have been included.