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Community nurses act as 'fresh eyes' to improve services

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Community nurses in Derbyshire are being parachuted into different areas - including management - as a “fresh pair of eyes” to improve services.

NHS Derbyshire County says the unique programme is helping to develop nurses’ skills while improving pathways and reducing costs.

Nurses spend six weeks on improving a specialist area, from dentistry to estate maintenance, working with health and non-clinical staff.

Maggie Parry-Hughes, a mental health nurse by background, and her team looked at intermediate care.

She said: “We were a fresh pair of eyes. A lot of professionals go to work and do a very good job and that’s it. They haven’t always felt it was their place to make suggestions and ask questions.

“This has allowed people of different levels to ask ‘why do we do things like this?’ It makes people stop and think.”

Ms Parry-Hughes’ team devised a system to reduce hospital admissions by giving patients support, such as providing them with walking frames to prevent falls.

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