The work of Community Nurses in West Dunbartonshire has been recognised in a national report for the improvements they have made through the ‘Releasing Time to Care’ programme.
The West Dunbartonshire community nursing team, by making changes to working practices, have revolutionised the way patients are treated and improved the training and expertise of staff. By using their standard care procedures, the team developed a range of documentation that ensured the patients’ needs could be identified at a glance.
Welcoming the report Chris McNeil, Head of Community Health and Community Care, West Dunbartonshire Community Health and Care Partnership, said: “The work our nurses have done is an example of their professionalism and willingness to constantly review and improve the way we care for patients.
“The skills the nurses have learned will help them to make positive changes which will increase their effectiveness and bring benefits to patients in West Dunbartonshire.”
The ‘Releasing Time to Care’ report by Healthcare Improvement Scotland highlighted the work undertaken by the West Dunbartonshire community nursing team as an example of best practice.
Fiona Rodgers, Practice Development Sister, District Nursing, Clydebank Health Centre, added: “We have completed all the modules within the Releasing Time to Care programme and found the Standard Care Procedures module very relevant in providing a framework from which to develop our direct patient care.
“The development of this Standard Care Procedure was an excellent opportunity for the District Nursing staff to review their existing practice and implement new steps to ensure that patient attending clinics receive prompt, standardised and effective care.”
Notes to Editors
The ‘Releasing Time to Care’ programme was introduced in 2009 and offers NHS teams the opportunity to review the ways in which they work and how their practices can been changed to eliminate inefficiencies allowing more time for direct patient care.
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