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Community hospital nurses welcome performance monitoring

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Frontline staff at community hospitals have welcomed plans to closely monitor their care, according to an NT survey.

The poll of 631 nurses and therapists found 97% think it is important to have a system of performance monitoring in place, so that areas for improvement can be identified.

Recent research carried out by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, as part of its Productive Community Hospitals (PCH) programme, suggests that evaluation of the quality of care in community hospitals is currently very limited.

PCH programme leader Liz Thiebe said: ‘We will soon be in a position to offer evaluation tools for community hospitals. The fact that so many staff welcome them is very encouraging.’

Ms Thiebe added that the programme would also help free up frontline clinicians’ time for them to concentrate on direct patient care – a sentiment shared by three-quarters of respondents, who said there were areas of their work, such as admin tasks, which could safely be done by support staff.

The institute will be presenting on its programme in April at the Naidex disability and rehabilitation conference (www.naidex.co.uk) in Birmingham.

For more on Productive Community Hospitals, see www.institute.nhs.uk/productivecommunityhospital

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