Staff at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust have showcased their great work on patient safety to Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and Director of Nursing for NHS Improvement, Ruth May.
Mr Hunt, who is visiting trusts across the south west with a focus on patient safety, heard about progress in reducing infections, treating SEPSIS, reducing patient falls and pressure ulcers, e-rostering for nursing staff, surgical safety and Learning from Excellence among many other initiatives.
The Secretary of State spoke about the importance of patient safety and making the NHS the world leader. Ruth May also spoke of the importance of a transparent culture – the need to speak up if anyone feels care isn’t as good as one would want for our loved ones and importantly, to take care of each other.
Ann James, Chief Executive of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I am always looking to promote the exceptional work of our teams here at the Trust and with the visit of the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, we were presented with a great opportunity to do so.
“Staff spoke proudly about the initiatives that we are running to drive improvements in patient safety and we were also able to share our approach to staff health and wellbeing. The visit allowed us to discuss our aim of creating an open and honest supportive culture.
“I’d like to thank all our staff who were able to support this visit and for the fantastic impression they left on our guests.”
Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt said: "I want to thank staff at Derriford for welcoming me so warmly to Plymouth. I was very impressed by their commitment to improving patient safety and giving all staff a safe space to speak up when they think improvements can be made through the Quality Academy programme.
"Staff should rightly be proud of their focus on infection control and efforts to bring down MRSA infections, norovirus and pressure ulcers. A huge thank you from me, for all that the team does for patients right across the South West."