An Essex nurse is spearheading a programme to eliminate mixed-sex wards.
Emma Whiteford, strategic lead for unplanned care at NHS South West Essex PCT, has been picked to join the Department of Health’s 30-member Delivering Same Sex Accommodation (DSSA) Targeted Support Team Programme.
The programme was set up in response to a Government pledge to eliminate mixed sex wards by April 2010.
Emma has almost twenty years’ experience working in acute and community settings.
‘We have a tremendous opportunity as a support team to help educate and support our partners in health to achieve compliance with this agenda,’ Emma said.
‘It is as much about embedding a culture that supports the privacy and dignity agenda and linking it with the DSSA guidelines as it is about buildings and new facilities.’