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Community hospital nurses efficiency scheme cuts waiting times

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A scheme to help community hospital nurses run their wards more efficiently has improved speed of treatment and cut waiting times, an evaluation has found.

The Productive Community Hospital scheme was trialled at St Benedict’s Hospice Day Hospital, run by Sunderland Teaching PCT.

Other pilots were conducted at Norman Day Hospital and Farnham Hospital Centre for Health, run by Surrey PCT and an inpatient centre run by Wandsworth PCT.

The scheme encourages nurses to use ‘lean’ management techniques to de-clutter workspaces and make systems more efficient.

An evaluation of the Sunderland scheme showed that waiting times were reduced. average time from receipt of referral to first attendance at day hospital was reduced by 10.8 days, from 19.6 days to 8.8 days.

Katherine Henderson, senior nurse business manager at Sunderland Teaching PCT, said the scheme allowed nurses to demonstrate their achievements. ‘We knew that we did a good job – but we did not really have any hard evidence to demonstrate that,’ she said.

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