Gold-standard wards at Royal Cornwall Hospitals

Since December 2017, the Trust has been developing a ward accreditation system based on national best practice models and we’re thrilled that three of our wards have achieved ASPIRE GOLD in the second round of assessments!

The ASPIRE system focuses on engaging staff and empowering leaders to improve standards and quality on adult inpatient wards by recognising, sharing and adhering to best practice in the interests of patient care. Accreditations are unannounced and carried out by a peer review team led by a member of the Senior Nursing Leadership and supported by a Clinical Matron / Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ward Sister / Charge Nurse or nominated Deputy and a member of therapy staff.

Accreditation is a whole team effort, reflecting the work of all the professions – nurses, doctors, therapists, healthcare assistants, Mitie colleagues, ward clerks etc, as well as the feedback from patients.

Watch the reactions of Tara Dobson from the Cardiac Investigation Unit and Chris Mitchell from Wellington Ward after achieving Apsire GOLD.

Having taken on board the feedback from their first ASPIRE ward accreditation assessment, colleagues on St Joseph’s Ward were also thrilled to achieve GOLD level accreditation after their reassessment.

Having increased their overall score from 77% to 92%, St Joseph’s Ward Sister, Shelley Jackson, said, “That’s fantastic news! We have worked so hard to improve our results, so I am pleased that our efforts have paid off!”

Berni George, Deputy Director Quality, Safety & Clinical Innovation, said, “Many, many congratulations to you all on St Joseph’s Ward. The assessment team could see significant improvements across the board since their last visit 3 months ago and this is reflected in your results today. There’s lots of learning to be shared with others as to the approach you have taken.”

The Marie Therese House team has also become the first to achieve 100% for rostering and medicines indicators.

Added on July 27, 2018, in News - Trust Improvement