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Positive results from new ward inspection regime

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The first set of results from a new ward inspection regime in England suggest most patients are being treated in clean and safe environments, with high standards of privacy and dignity.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre released findings from the new system of Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) last week.

The system of voluntary self-assessments covers both NHS and independent sector healthcare providers, and assessment teams are comprised of at least 50% patients.

Assessors score wards against 150 standards taking in the cleanliness, condition, appearance and maintenance of patient areas, as well as the food and hydration for patients and their privacy and dignity.

During April-June 2013 a total of 1,358 assessments were undertaken in sites across 274 organisations. Of these sites 1,140 were NHS and 218 were from the voluntary, independent and private sectors. All eligible NHS organisations participated in the programme.

The national average score for each of the standards were:

  • 95.74% for cleanliness
  • 88.75% for condition, appearance and maintenance
  • 88.87% for privacy, dignity and wellbeing
  • 84.98% for food and hydration

The PLACE system was introduced in April to replace the previous programme of Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) assessments, which were undertaken from 2000-12.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • what about staffing levels?
    how is this so different to what the CQC are finding in the hospital inspections?
    a lick of paint, a tidy ward and a good menu do not mean it is a safe environment

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