The CAS approach is based on a model used within Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and is designed to support nurses and the multi-professional team to identify and build upon what works well and to take effective action where further improvements are necessary.
Whilst the overall responsibility and accountability for achieving and maintaining the required standards lies with the Senior Charge Nurse/Midwife and the wider team, senior professional nursing staff and other specialist services also have a key role to play in supporting them, working collaboratively across systems and disciplines, to ensure continuous improvement within their wards and departments.
Each of the standards within the approach has been framed using the four domains within the Leading Better Care Framework (2008):
1. Safe and Effective Patient Care
2. Enhancing the Patients' Experience of Care
3. Leading, Managing and Developing the Performance of the Team
4. Contributing to the Organisations Objectives
Whilst the CAS approach aims to frame the standards using Leading Better Care it is also designed to encompass professional standards as well as the key components of the following national and professional drivers:
The local implementation of CAS will also support the delivery of the organisational strategic framework 'Facing the Future Together' and Workforce 20:20 Vision, supported by colleagues from Organisational Development, Learning and Education, Practice Development and Clinical Improvement and Effectiveness.