The experience of millions of patients could be transformed and hundreds of hours of appointment time and bed days could be saved if nurses applied eight “high impact” actions across the NHS.
Writing in this week’s Nursing Times, they outline the eight high impact actions chosen from 600 ideas submitted in response to a call to action from the chief nursing officer for England Dame Christine Beasley last September.
Across two articles, the authors explain how to successfully implement some of the actions – and making them relevant to their own ward or team – and the potential benefits of doing so.
They said: “The aspiration is to encourage widespread uptake to achieve good practice in each of the high impact actions. This can only be done by nurses and midwives themselves, who need to be supported and enabled to improve their own services.”
They add: “We know that telling people what to do will not achieve the results that everyone wants. It is critical that whatever is developed is relevant and appropriate to frontline staff.”
Dame Christine had called on the nursing profession to take the initiative on increasing productivity and saving money in order to avoid having “slash and burn” measures imposed on them by managers.
|High impact actions:|
|Your skin matters|
|Staying safe – preventing falls|
|Keeping nourished – getting better|
|Promoting normal birth|
|Important choices – where to die when the time comes|
|Fit and well to care|
|Ready to go – no delays|
|Protection from infection|