The NHS Commissioning Board’s chief nursing officer Jane Cummings visited University Hospitals Southampton Foundation Trust yesterday to open a new unit focusing on frontline innovation.
Jane Cummings opened a new on site clinical academic facility at Southampton General Hospital, and spoke to clinical staff and ward leaders about innovations in nursing care at the trust.
The centre will focus on research on the frontline, including in infection prevention, pressure ulcers and nutritional support.
It is a joint venture between the University of Southampton’s faculty of health sciences and the trust.
The development follows the trust’s introduction of a new monitoring system for falls and bed sores, which led to a 25% reduction in the number of serious pressure ulcers and 30% drop in harm caused by avoidable falls within eight months.
The two institutions also jointly conducted the UK’s first clinical assessment of the benefits of volunteer mealtime assistants for older patients, ahead of a possible nationwide rollout of the scheme.
In addition, a nurse-led project to increase the use of bladder scanning for patients with urinary retention removed the need for catheters, which account for 79% of urinary tract infections, in 53% of cases.
Judy Gillow, director of nursing at the trust, said: “Through our constantly expanding partnership with the University of Southampton, we really are pushing the boundaries of nursing care to provide the best possible experience for patients.”
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