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NURSING staff at St. Mary’s Hospital are spending more time on direct patient care as a result of the introduction of the “Productive” series of improvement programmes.

Under the collective banner of “Releasing More Time to Care”, the Trust is implementing the Productive Ward; Productive Mental Health Ward; The Productive Operating Theatre and Productive Community Services programmes.

Releasing More Time to Care programmes empower frontline staff to change the working practices in their areas to give them more time to spend with patients. Everyday processes have been standardised and streamlined by frontline staff, who are encouraged to challenge the way they work and make suggestions for improvement.

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Sarah Johnston, Deputy Chief Nurse and Productive Programme Lead, said: “Staff in all areas have really embraced the introduction of the programme and worked hard to improve the processes in their areas.

“There is a real drive in the organisation to improve and work more efficiently. As a result we are now realising the benefits; ward areas are tidy and well organised and stock is better managed”.

All inpatient areas (18 wards) at St. Mary’s Hospital, including mental health services, have implemented the module based Productive Ward programme which provides tools for staff to implement different ways of working in areas such as shift handovers, patient meals, medicines, patient observations and hygiene and nursing procedures.

Productive Community Services is presently being implemented by 8 community services at locality bases across theIsland.  The South Wight Community Nursing service and the Orthotics and Prosthetics service have led implementation of the programme, which is now being rolled out to all Community Nursing services, Health Visiting, Community Mental Health services, the Community Stroke Rehab Team and Sexual Health services.


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