Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is undertaking an action research project to evaluate its Back to the floor Friday initiative and early results suggest it has been popular with nurses.
Professor Janice Sigsworth, who is also a visiting professor to Bucks New University’s nursing and healthcare team, commented: “The vision for nursing and midwifery at the Trust is to work in partnership with our patients to deliver the kind of care that we would want our family and friends to receive. We strive in all we do to identify and meet patients’ and families’ needs and to deliver world class care. The Back to the floor Friday initiative is just one part of a comprehensive work programme to help us to achieve this.”
The evaluation, led by Dr Kathryn Jones, deputy director of nursing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and Dr Lauren Griffiths, Head of School Advanced and Continuing Practice at Bucks New University, explores the impact of the initiative on the improvement of patient experience and on patient care.
To date, two surveys and two focus groups have been undertaken with the nurses and midwives who are taking part in Back to the floor Friday. Early themes emerging from the data relate to empowerment, learning together, professional networking, communication, championing change and ‘Matron Power’, and the feedback from many nurses and midwives has been very positive.
“I think this initiative is absolutely superb it ensures that at least one day per week one can solely focus on nursing within the department. It gives the chance to audit and to maintain a presence on the unit enabling me to role model for the junior nurses.”
“It is important for ward staff to see senior nurses willing to participate in delivering patient care. Other disciplines appreciate the ‘burgundy brigade’ being on the ward.”
“I currently work with the ward staff at the bed side on a daily basis but benefit from hearing the current thoughts, ideas and objectives at the Back to the Floor Friday briefings.”
“Consultant medical staff believe senior nurses being in uniform on a dedicated day has had a very positive effect in the clinical areas.”
Workshops will be held in early 2010 with modern matrons and clinical nurse specialists to explore the ways in which nurses and midwives who work ‘on the floor’ every day can contribute to the initiative. Focus groups will also be held with Band 5 and Band 6 nurses and midwives and with therapy and medical colleagues.