Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

VIP Visitor a Real Tonic for Nurses; Health Minister Ann Keen Visited Nurses Who Re Making Huge Improvements to Patient Care. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Explains in Association with NHS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

VIP Visitor a Real Tonic for Nurses; Health Minister Ann Keen Visited Nurses Who Re Making Huge Improvements to Patient Care. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Explains in Association with NHS

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STAFF were given the opportunity to highlight the excellent work done by their nurses when a Health Minister visited their premises.

Ann Keen, who has responsibility for healthcare delivery in the North East, took the time to look around the Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust (TPCT) to see the Productive Community Hospital Programme pilot scheme.

The scheme was introduced to increase the time they spend on direct patient care and slash unnecessary paperwork.

She said: "I'm delighted to see first-hand the pioneering work being done as part of the Productive Community Hospital Programme pilot.

"The programme works because it empowers nurses, those who know what works best to improve patient care.

"By taking small but significant steps nurses have freed up time to make enormous improvements to patient care. Putting them in the driving seat has meant that local patients are already seeing the benefits."

The Productive Community Hospital initiative builds on the success of the pounds 50m Productive Wards Programme (PWP).

Mrs Keen visited St Benedict's Hospice Day Care Unit and the Minor Injuries and Illnesses Unit at Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre. These two different types of patient healthcare provided by Sunderland TPCT were chosen in 2007 to take part in the Productive Community Hospital project.

It was among one of only four test sites in the country selected for this scheme, which is being undertaken by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

It is designed to help health service organisations around the country build on existing good practice and ensure consistently high standards of healthcare delivered in the community.

Community hospitals include a wide variety of NHS facilities that shift care closer to home for patients and cover a range of different healthcare services and treatments that have previously been carried out in conventional hospital settings. …

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