Ashton S (2014) Leadership walkrounds in mental healthcare. Nursing Times; 110: 23, 21-23.
Patient safety leadership walkrounds are designed to assist healthcare leaders to improve patient safety. At 2gether Foundation Trust, walkrounds have been developed in mental health settings. They ensure that executives are informed first- hand about the safety concerns of frontline staff, while ensuring staff are listened to and supported when issues of safety are raised. Patient safety and quality improvements have been implemented over time through this process.
- How helpful would it be to have your chief executive visit your ward or unit?
- How often do hospital leaders visit your area of work?
- The article explains how walkrounds help hospital leaders to listen to the concerns of frontline staff working in mental health, could this be effective in other areas?