Around 300 senior nursing staff this week attended the launch of the new adult acute nursing standards across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
At the first major event to be held in the new Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre, Nurse Director, Rosslyn Crocket unveiled the Care Assurance and Accreditation System (CAAS), which is designed to delegate more responsibility and control on wards to the most senior nurses and midwives.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is one of the first Boards in Scotland to implement this new system in Scotland.
Ms Crocket said: “The implementation of the innovative new CAAS programme will bring real benefit to our patients on the wards by ensuring effective close team working and linkages to the core values of nursing and patient care at every level.”
“CAAS gives senior managers the chance to spend more time on patient wards, and gives frontline staff a greater understanding of the high standards they are expected to achieve.
“It is a system of care that will deliver for every patient and be recognised by relatives as a welcome return to consistent quality care.”
Staff in adult acute, inpatient mental health, maternity and paediatrics hospitals all took part, as well as community midwifery, paediatrics, and adult nursing and health visitors.
This “back-to-basics” approach is aimed at ensuring staff, at all levels, have a greater understanding of issues on both the frontline and at management level.
One of the effects will be to release senior manager levels of nurses, the lead nurses and midwives for two days a week from their office-based functions to provide additional leaderships support, work directly with the nursing teams, and spend more time with patients and families.
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Pic: ( left to right) John Stuart, Chief Nurse, Elaine Love, Head of Nursing, Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive and Rosslyn Crocket, Board Nurse Director, with nursing staff who attended event.