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New nursing strategy for Surrey-based hospital trust

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Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust (SASH) has published a three-year Nursing and Midwifery Strategy intended to take frontline care to a “higher level”.

Trust chief nurse Susan Aitkenhead launched the Nursing and Midwifery Strategy for 2013-2016 at East Surrey Hospital on International Nurses Day.

Titled “Your Care First: Our commitment to safety, quality and compassion”, the 16-page strategy is described by the trust as the “culmination” of hard work by many nurses and midwives across the trust over the last three months.

Every nurse and midwife at the trust has received a copy of the document, which sets out three key objectives:

  • Providing safe and effective patient care
  • Developing skills, behaviours and competence to deliver quality nursing and midwifery care
  • Building up the potential of our nursing and midwifery workforce

Ms Aitkenhead took up the post of chief nurse at SASH in February with a pledge to draw up a new nursing strategy.

She said: “At the centre of our strategy is the staff commitment to our patients, their families and carers that we deliver quality care with compassion in which our patients can always have confidence.

“This strategy sets out clearly how we will take our practice to the next level and demonstrate the huge positive difference we can make to patient outcomes, care and experience,” she added.

The trust said the main objectives and sub-objectives within the new strategy would be translated into an action plan, including detailed measures and timescales.

With echoes of the chief nursing officer’s “6Cs”, the SASH strategy also incorporates developing and implementing the trust’s new “Friday” nursing and midwifery initiative, which stands for: Focus, Reflect, Inspire, Discuss, Analyse, Your Care First.




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