Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has been named Most Improved Trust at the Advancing Quality Awards.
The Trust participates in the Advancing Quality programme, a quality improvement initiative live across all North West hospitals which aims to raise standards of care in common acute clinical conditions and diseases, including pneumonia, heart failure and heart bypass surgery, and mental health conditions, such as dementia and first episode psychosis.
The programme is based on a set of quality standards which clinicians agree define and measure good clinical practice and should be delivered to every patient to ensure they receive the highest standard of care. Hospitals collect and submit data on these quality standards, which range from recording that the right antibiotics are given at the right time through to patients receiving written discharge instructions on how to prevent relapses.
Gill Drummond, Dementia Quality Lead, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Advancing Quality measures in dementia has enabled our staff to have at the front of their minds the very important aspects which are crucial to making a difference to patient care, such a pain, nutrition, mood and cognition. Through training and support frontline staff have been given the confidence in meeting the complex needs of our patients to ensure a high standard of care is offered for a better patient experience”.
The Advancing Quality Awards aim to recognise the trusts who have achieved the highest results. Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust received a Most Improved Trust award for seeing their results improve by 94 per cent in Y5 of the programme (Apr 2012 – Mar 2013) in dementia and first episode psychosis.
Presenting the award, Liz Kanwar, Advancing Quality Programme Manager, said: “Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has embraced the AQ concepts and used these to inform working in the two focus areas. The have worked closely with the teams to identify reporting strategies running in-house training for staff to inform and educate on AQ measures and what the requirements are. This has resulted in a continual growth in their performance making this Most Improved Trust award very much well deserved.”