We have joined the national Breaking the Cycle Week initiative aimed at improving the patient journey through the hospital and ensuring patients are discharged from hospital as soon as they are medically fit to leave. Breaking the Cycle Week is a national initiative organised by NHS England to create the ‘Perfect Week’ by rapidly improving patient flow and to produce a step-change in performance, safety and patient experience. Clinicians who have taken part in the week have seen how both safety and quality link to good patient flow. The first week is 15th to 24th April 2015.
Our weeks are called 'Faster Flow, Safer Care' and during the weeks there is a focus on working differently, testing new ideas and with local partners such as the council and other community providers to keep ‘patient flow’ as smooth as possible. This means resolving any blockages in the patients pathway on the same day ensuring that the Hospital do not go into the following day with any patient issues unresolved.
Some of the initiatives introduced include: consultant reviews of all adult acute inpatients twice a day; have quicker turnaround on some test results; additional porters to facilitate patient moves; informing senior managers of anything preventing patients from being discharged; releasing senior nursing and operational staff from regular meetings to focus on the week and all wards being adopted by a member of the executive management team to support during the week and once it is over.
There will be a blog published every day of the week that can be accessed here:
We also give an award for 'Flow Champion' of the day and our winners are:
Day 1 - Peter Donohue
Day 2 - Dr Tapesh Pakrashi
Day 3 - A&E
Day 4 - Dr David Cunningham
Day 5 - Mark Spring
Day 5 - Becky Slaytor
Day 6 - Jackie Kerkham
Day 7 - Blyth Ward
Day 7 - Blyth Ward
Day 8 - Acute Assessment Unit