Staff at Salisbury District Hospital had an opportunity to share their stories and experiences around what they are doing to keep patients safe as part of the national Sign Up to Safety, National Kitchen Table Week.
Talking is a powerful way of laying the foundations for a positive safety culture – helping staff to connect, learn and improve. As part of the campaign week, staff carried out a “trolley dash” each day across all wards, gathering views, experiences and actions that can be used to continually improve patient care across the hospital.
This supported the Trust’s objectives under the Sign Up To Safety Campaign. Salisbury signed up to the five pledges that strengthen patient safety under the following headings: Put patient safety first, continually learn, honesty, collaborate and support.
Lorna Wilkinson, Director of Nursing said: “It’s important that we use every opportunity to share stories and experiences that could improve the care we give to our patients and ensure that they remain safe while they are in hospital.”
“Emma Ward, a nursing assistant on our Stroke Unit, is a great example of staff commitment in this area. Emma is leading a campaign on encouraging good mouth care to reduce the risk of pneumonia and this is rapidly gaining regional and national recognition. This is one of a number of excellent ideas that can help improve the care we provide locally, and can also be shared more widely across other NHS organisations.”