Low Infection Rates
Salisbury District Hospital continuously aims to reduce infection rates. One of the most important factors in achieving this is to ensure that we maintain high cleaning standards. In Salisbury, cleaning is not contracted out to private companies, as we have our own in-house cleaning teams. To ensure high quality cleaning on our wards, cleaners are part of the ward team and are managed by the Ward Sister or Charge Nurse who is responsible for ensuring that high standards of cleanliness are maintained in their ward areas.
The prevention and control of infection is given a high priority throughout the hospital. The hospital has a dedicated senior nurse who is responsible for infection control. Staff, patients and visitors all have a part to play, and it is known that hand washing and the use of alcohol gels are an effective way of preventing germs from being spread.
Please support us by cleaning your hands with the gel that is provided when you enter or leave a clinical area.
Infection Prevention and Control Compliance Statement
The Trust Board acknowledges its collective responsibility for minimising the risks of infection and has agreed the general means by which it prevents and controls these risks. The Board formally reviews and monitors the controls of such risks via the twice yearly reports presented to the Board in June and December by the Director of Infection Prevention and Control. These reports are available to view on the website.
Director of Infection Prevention and Control
Statement Regarding Annual Appraisals for Doctors
At Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust all our doctors are required to participate in an annual appraisal process to ensure that they are keeping up-to-date and fit to practice.
Dr Christine Blanshard
Medical Director/Deputy Chief Executive
Revalidation and Appraisal Explained
What is revalidation?
Revalidation is a system of regulation for medical doctors which was introduced by the General Medical Council in December 2012. To revalidate and continue to hold a licence to practise, doctors have to demonstrate regularly that their knowledge is up to date and they are fit to practise. It is a key component of a range of measures designed to improve the quality of care for patients.
What is the General Medical Council?
The General Medical Council (GMC) is an independent body with responsibility for regulating doctors in the UK. Its legal purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by making sure that doctors meet its standards for good medical practice.
How does a doctor revalidate?
Revalidation is based on a local evaluation of doctors’ practice through appraisal, supported by a portfolio of information. This portfolio includes evidence of the doctor’s continuing professional development, their involvement in quality improvement activity, complaints, compliments and significant events, and formal feedback from patients and colleagues.
The appraisal outputs are reviewed by a senior doctor who is known as their ‘responsible officer’. Based on this information and additional governance information held by the Trust, the responsible officer will make a recommendation to the GMC normally every five years, on whether to revalidate the doctor. The GMC decides whether to renew the doctor’s licence.
Why are we doing this?
When you visit a doctor, whether this is your GP or a doctor in a hospital, you want to know that the doctor you see will provide you with the best possible care. The aim of revalidation is to give extra confidence to patients that their doctor can provide this care by being up to date and fit to practise.
Revlidation also enables early identification of doctors whose practice needs attention, allowing for more effective intervention and over time, we believe the system will contribute towards better and safer care for patients, by improving doctors’ professional development.
Were patients involved in designing this system?
During the development of revalidation several research studies were commissioned to understand patient and public views on the proposal.
Research conducted by Ipsos MORI and The King’s Fund showed that patients felt the proposed policy would meet their needs, expectations and concerns. In fact, many assumed that a system similar to revalidation already existed.
Patient and Public involvement in Medical Revalidation
Lay representatives are now involved in revalidation processes at national, regional and local levels. Here at Salisbury Hospital we have a Lay representative involved in annual quality assurance of the systems and processes underpinning the appraisal system in the Trust.
How else are Patient’s involved in Appraisal and Revalidation?
All doctors have to collect structured patient feedback, usually through the use of formal questionnaires. Your doctor may already have asked you to complete one of these questionnaires. The information which you give will be reviewed by the doctor (this will be anonymised so that the doctor cannot identify you), with their appraiser, and the doctor will think about how the information can be used to improve the care the doctor gives.
References and Further Information
Staff at Salisbury District Hospital are committed to taking infections seriously and keeping patients as safe and healthy as possible. Useful tips on how to prevent infections in hospital.