If you've been following us for a while you'll often see us mentioning in our blog that one of the many ways you can recognise a good team is the fact that team members will take the time to tell their colleagues when they've done something well.
On this subject then, we feel it's important to walk the talk and congratulate one of the Trusts we've been working with for a while, The Critical Care team at Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Following their previous Care Quality Commission inspection, the leadership team, with the support of the trust made the decision to embark on a transformation programme to address the issues that had been highlighted.
As a result the CQC rating of their Intensive/Critical Care unit has been changed from 'Requires Improvement' to 'Outstanding'. Read their report here.
Implementing Human Factors training combined with support for a full transformation programme has helped make this possible.
Claire Hughes, Critical Care Matron at Royal Stoke writes:
"The Critical Care Team at University Hospital of North Midlands has invested greatly in Human Factors training with the aim to have 50% of all staff trained in this topic.
Our unit has undergone a Transformation Program to bridge identified gaps between the General Provision for Intensive Care (GPIC's) guidance against a former baseline position. Specific work was required to address incidents both local and intra hospital.
Trevor Dale was able to provide an excellent foundation training schedule to address the issue and instigate 'Human Factors' as a challenge and change culture for our unit.Staff who have attended the training course are fully complimentary of the skills attributes gained from the overall experience and scenario based learning.
It is already evident that Human Factors training is positively changing everyday practices and culture amongst the many staff on our very busy critical care unit.
A recent Major Incident highlighted how significant communication and human factors was, to ensure patient safety in this complex situation. For this, we thank you Trevor and the team"
This Critical Care unit is a great example of how having the support of the leadership team and Trust when it comes to implementing positive changes through training can make a difference.
By approaching learning as an ongoing journey of development and not a tick box exercise you can make improvements that are sustainable. So congratulations to all the hard work the team has put in towards making it happen.
It's been an absolute pleasure to be part of their improvements and we are looking forward to our continuing to work with them.