Nurses and midwives at a struggling foundation trust in the North West are being encouraged to join a nationwide nurse-led approach to drive up standards and maintain excellence in care for patients.
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust, which has borne the brunt of much negative publicity over the last few months, is set to embrace the Energise for Excellence quality framework.
As reported by Nursing Times in February, nurses and midwives there were being pushed to “breaking point” and patients exposed to “significant risks”. Three separate independent reports gave damning reviews of its maternity services, management of outpatients’ appointments and governance.
The trust appointed a new chair and interim chief executive in March and a new medical director in April.
Energise for Excellence is a quality framework for nursing and midwifery, which brings together key elements known to impact on patient care, such as staffing, methods for improvement, measurements to demonstrate good patient outcomes and staff experience.
Developed by senior nurses, the framework is intended to encourage nursing staff to share knowledge with their peers at a local and national level.
Thousands of nurses and midwives have already signed up to support the initiative, following a call to action highlighted by NHS North of England and NHS Midlands and East.
As a priority, senior nurses at Morecambe Bay have chosen to use the framework to try and raise standards in nutrition and hydration, and to reduce potential risk to patients from pressure ulcers, falls and incidence of harm.
Jackie Holt, director of nursing at Morecambe Bay, said: “E4E underlines the dedication and commitment of the nursing profession to nurse-led care quality improvement.
“We want to maximise their influence in improving patient experiences, quality of care and safety, and increasing pride and confidence in the profession.”
She added: “We are investing in our staff to ensure we have a nursing and midwifery workforce of the highest calibre for the future.”
Pictured (from left to right) UHMBT ward manager Anne Ryder, clinical leader Sarah Hammond and staff nurse Laura Welsh who have all signed up for the E4E initiative.