Praise for patient safety

Monday, 9 February 2009

North Bristol NHS Trust has been praised for its high standards of patient safety.
The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) conducted an assessment of the Trust in November to ensure patients are being cared for in as safe an environment as possible.
The NHSLA can assess at three levels of compliance with its new risk management standards - Level 1 requires certain policies to be in place, Level 2 requires that policies are implemented into practice across the organisation, and Level 3 requires monitoring of compliance.
After a two-day assessment, the NHSLA awarded the Trust Level 2 status based on its new risk management standards for acute trusts. NBT scored 40 out of 50 of the requirements for compliance.
In its report to the Trust, the NHSLA said: “North Bristol is to be congratulated on achieving compliance against the new standards.
“The Trust’s proactive approach to the assessment process was evident and it is clear that staff have worked extremely hard to achieve compliance with the new standards.”

In addition to being awarded the Level 2 standard, the assessor commented on particular areas of good practice. These included:
- Simple flow charts included in policies to summarise complex processes
- Newly-implemented computer-printed patient identification wristbands
- The concept of a violence and aggression phone hotline to provide support for staff
Corinne Thomas, Director of Nursing at NBT, said: “This is a major achievement for an NHS trust of our size and shows that we have safe practices and procedures embedded within the organisation. Well done to all involved.”