Jul 312018

Amy Howells

During my work placement with the 1000 Lives Improvement team, I have enjoyed a variety of sessions in different areas in the department and have learned about the ways that the team improve outcomes for NHS Wales service users.

My learning around IQT…

A particular highlight for me was discussing IQT training with Keely McCarthy (Improvement Manager) and being able to complete the Bronze level IQT later on that day. I learned about the different levels of IQT training that can be carried out by NHS staff. I felt that the way the levels are taught by enhancing lateral thinking, would greatly improve confidence and teamwork. Using evidence-based practice by collecting data before, during and after small changes were made to departments, helps massively with implementing a change on a larger scale, if successful, and making adjustments if necessary. The most important thing I learned was that any member of NHS staff could take part and implement changes to make improvements to patients and staff-wellbeing. It is great that all staff members can be involved in improving quality, rather than this solely happening at a senior level.

The All Wales Nurse Staffing Programme…

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Prince of Wales hospital, where I was able to watch Dawn Parry (Paediatric Project Lead of the All Wales Nurse Staffing Programme) talk to paediatric nurses, doctors and healthcare assistants about patient acuity and the All Wales Nurse Staffing Programme. I was unaware of patient acuity levels (grading patients 1 to 5 based on the level of care needed and the time it takes to provide this care) before spending the morning with Dawn. The importance of correctly grading patients to ensure safe levels of Nursing staff on wards was emphasised in the presentation, and I found the interactive nature of these sessions really interesting and informative. I also spent the day at Singleton Hospital watching Joanna Doyle (All Wales Nurse Staffing Programme Manager) run a Nurse Staffing information day. Different bands of healthcare professionals and other areas of the health board attended this staffing day, and it was extremely interesting to listen to how the All Wales Nurse Staffing Act currently runs in adult acute medical and surgical inpatient divisions.

During the week, I also had some insight into different programmes relating to antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections, which I found very interesting. In meetings with Helen Ronchetti (HCAI Programme Manager) and Paul Gimson (National Primary Care Programme Manager) I learned about the initiatives in community care and within hospitals that aim to reduce the number of healthcare associated infections, and subsequently antimicrobial resistance. Actions including limiting the time that invasive devices such as catheters and cannulas are used for, reducing the over-prescription of medications, including antibiotics, and increasing hydration in the elderly to reduce UTI instances all aim to reduce infections within healthcare. It was interesting to see how these small changes could have a huge impact on healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance.

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