Safety

This section contains information about how we are performing in the following areas:

Infection control

MRSA bacteraemia

MRSA (bacteraemia) is a healthcare associated infection. The Department of Health has a zero tolerence target for MRSA.

How we are doing

We report monthly on MRSA (bacteraemia) infections acquired by patients in our hospitals. In 2018-19, we have had no cases. The table below shows this broken down by month.

MRSA infections

April 2018

0

May 2018

0

June 2018

0

July 2018

0

August 2018

0

September 2018

 

October 2018

 

November 2018

 

December 2018

 

January 2019

 

February 2019

 

March 2019

 

Please note that these figures are not added to the site until they have been ratified by our Board.

Clostridium difficile infections

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is also a healthcare associated infection. The Department of Health sets a maximum number of cases of C. difficile we must not exceed each year. For 2017-18, this is 39 cases.

How we are doing

We report monthly on C. difficile infections acquired by patients in our hospitals. In 2018-19, we have had 17 cases. The table below shows this broken down by month.

C. difficile

April 2018

5

May 2018

5

June 2018

1

July 2018

4

August 2018

2

September 2018

 

October 2018

 

November 2018

 

December 2018

 

January 2019

 

February 2019

 

March 2019

 

Please note that these figures are not added to the site until they have been ratified by our Board. 

Safe staffing

Safe nurse staffing

As part of the National Quality board guidance (2013) all NHS trusts are required to assure themselves that there is sufficient staffing capacity and capability to provide high quality care to patients on all wards, clinical areas, departments, services or environments day or night, every day of the week.

Boards monitor staffing capacity and capability through regular and frequent reports on the actual staff on duty on a shift-to-shift basis, versus planned staffing levels. These reports are presented at every trust Board meeting. A six-monthly review is taken to board.

The reports below are published following our monthly Trust Executive Committee (TEC).

Monthly reports (2016-17)
Six-monthly reports

The report provides the trust Board with a six-monthly update on progress to ensure compliance with national guidance, and provide assurance of the work in progress to monitor and manage safe staffing levels of nursing and midwifery staff.

If you have any comments regarding nursing staffing levels within the trust please contact us.

Levels of staffing are also one of the patient safety indicators published by NHS Choices by hospital:

Venous thromboembolism (VTE)

This quality standard covers the reduction in risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adults admitted as hospital inpatients or formally admitted to a hospital bed for day-case procedures.

It shows the proportion of patients assessed on admission for VTE risk using the clinical risk assessment criteria described in the national tool.

The threshold is 95%.

Our performance for July 2018 is: 94.1%.

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