Matrons and heads of nursing are being given an hour of protected time, every weekday, to work clinically on the adult inpatient wards, under a new initiative at Derriford Hospital in Devon.
The new #goldentime scheme was launched by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust on 12 September.
The trust said the decision to introduce #goldentime followed a pilot where heads of nursing for medicine and surgery had undertaken a clinical hour, whenever possible from 10-11am each morning, since coming in to post.
The time working in the clinical areas had led to a number of changes to improve the patient experience, the trust said.
It highlighted examples such as the introduction of patient toiletry packs and improvements to the environment, including the purchase of new patient chairs.
Trust head of nursing Sam Rafferty said the initiative had been launched in response to the new national nursing framework, Leading Change, Adding Value, which was published earlier this year.
“Our senior nursing team have made a number of commitments, which we will deliver over the coming year,” she said.
“Through the initiative, we are able to support our teams in delivering clinical care, release them to undertake other key roles or to enable the ward staff to take a tea break,” she added.
Protected clinical ward time for trust’s matrons