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New initiative aims to free up nurses' time

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Reducing infections picked up in hospitals and preventing pressure ulcers are on the agenda for a new NHS Wales programme, aimed at increasing the amount of time nurses spend caring for patients.

Transforming Care is the combination of previous initiatives Transforming Care At The Bedside and Releasing Time To Care, hoping to improve the experience of a hospital stay by freeing up nurses.

Staff involved in the scheme are encouraged to alter working habits in order to release time to spend with patients.

The NHS claims to have already seen improvements in nursing practices, with two wards at Withybush Hospital in west Wales showing one third more of nurse’s time being spent with patients.

Transforming Care Programme Lead at NLIAH, Chris Matthews, said: “Transforming Care empowers staff to take ownership of the wards they work on and make positive changes for the good of their patients.”

Judith Bowen, Clinical Practice Development Nurse at Withybush Hospital said: “Nurses on these wards can spend a lot more time caring for patients than before. Thinking about ways of reducing waste and improving quality has made a huge difference to the quality and safety of care we provide.”

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