Performance (month 10, January 2014)
• ED Performance against the 4 hour target was maintained in January for the 9th month in a row.
• 18 weeks delivery remains favourable to expected standards at aggregate level but admitted performance was not achieved in T&O and Dermatology.
• Cancer access: With the exception of 62 Day Referral to Treatment from Screening (which is impacted by very low numbers), all Cancer indicators were achieved.
• Patient safety indicators continued to show expected levels of performance.
• The latest HSMR data and SHMI data both show overall trust mortality is lower than expected.
• The Trust had no MRSA bloodstream infection cases in January. C-Diff is 3 cases below trajectory with 23 cases YTD.
• Maternity indicators continue to show positive performance.
CNST for Maternity
Our maternity services were recently assessed and rated against national risk management and safety standards. The inspectors looked at several key areas including infant feeding, foetal monitoring, emergency admissions and patient information.
We achieved 47 out of 50, pushing-up our Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) status from level one to level two.
The inspectors described the staff as dedicated and passionate with strong leadership and a team approach to reviewing and embedding high standards of care within the maternity unit.
Continuing Professional Development
SASH hosted a successful CPD training day accredited by the United Kingdom Association of Physician Assistants. Organised and run by one of our six PAs Rachel Livermore, it attracted PAs from all over the UK.
Talks were given by our consultants including Drs Mearns, Powell, Cetti, Sneddon, Mackenzie and Field and afternoon interactive workshops were run by three of our junior doctors, Martin Dachsel, Alice Davies and Charlotte Kelly.
Feedback for the event was overwhelmingly positive and SASH looks forward to making it an annual UKAPA event
Care of the Elderly
Speakers included Steve Adams, our first Consultant Nurse for Dementia and Older People. He joined11 consultants who specialise in care of the elderly and a new team of community geriatricians.
Steve has introduced a training programme for all nurses and therapies staff to raise awareness and improve people’s understanding of dementia. An audit is also being carried out in all ward areas to see what further improvements can be made to the environment older people are treated in.
New Dental Skills Lab
Work is underway on our new dental skills lab which should be up and running by the end of March. The £250,000 project has been funded by a grant from the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery. This will add to our great training facilities in the Post Graduate Centre at East Surrey Hospital that continues to attract high calibre junior doctors to train with us.
SASH is unique within HEKSS in providing both primary and secondary care dental services and Consultant-led dental care across the range of secondary care specialities: Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry and Special Care Dentistry.