PDU status can be awarded to a range of clinical areas and the department is one of only 50 in the country across all specialties to receive this accreditation, which serves as a 'kite mark' for the quality of care given to patients and innovative practice used by staff.
Heidi Lewis, Senior Nurse for Burns and Plastic Surgery said: " As a unit we are always looking at how we can expand and utilise the skills that we have and ensure that all members of staff, whether they are doctors nurses or therapists, work as a team to provide the best level of care and treatment to our patients."
Mrs Lewis added: " Preparation and assessment for Practice Development Unit status gave us the opportunity to question and challenge our practices and make improvements where necessary. As part of the assessment, we were able to demonstrate that we work effectively as a multidisciplinary team and provide excellent patient care using recognised best practice."
The Burns, Plastic and Maxillo Facial Surgery Department Department provides a regional service to around 3.5 million people from Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. It also provides specialist Cleft Lip and Palate Services to a wider population, in conjunction with the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Dr Bernie Edwards, Practice Development Fellow at Bournemouth University said: "Gaining practice development accreditation is not easily achieved. It was the commitment to an ongoing culture of patient centred care, engagement across all staff groups, professional and non-professional, and the use and dissemination of evidence based practice that marked the department as being outstanding."
Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: "Accreditation is excellent news for our patients. It is also recognises the innovation, skills and experience of staff that work as a team to provide such high standards of care and I would like to congratulate them on their achievement. I know that staff were highly commended by the accreditation team and PDU status was awarded unreservedly without recommendations or conditions, which is rare."
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