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CAS Adult Acute Standards Launched! - 22nd July 2015

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Adult Acute CAS Standards Launched!!

The new Adult Acute Nursing Standards were launched this week (Wednesday, July 22) in the first major event to be held in the new Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre.

Launching the Care Assurance  System (CAS), Professor Rosslyn Crocket, NHSGGC Nurse Director, explained that the 13 standards have the support of both staff and patients. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is one of the first Boards to implement this system in Scotland. It is a “back to basics” system designed to empower clinical teams in wards and community areas to deliver against professional and clinical standards of consistent care across all areas of NHS service delivery, every time for every patient.

Ms Crocket said that it had been important to have a system which demonstrates the value of care provided to our patients which we can evidence to external inspections regulators, and most importantly to all patients and their families. The Nurse Director stressed to the audience that the standards are not new, it’s how they will be delivered in a consistent way that is different. She acknowledged that staff are currently working to the content of the standards, and emphasised that senior charge nurses and midwives will present and discuss CAS with clinical teams, including multi-disciplinary (MDTs), and managerial team to identify what requires to be put in place to support front line staff to implement the standards across acute inpatient areas come September this year.

Ms Crocket said: “This is not only about nurses and midwives delivering care to patients, it’s about how the whole clinical team, with managerial support, working together for our patients.” “We want to identify what works well and replicate it. This will reduce duplication and inspections because we will be self-assessing as we go.” She said that the enthusiasm of the staff in the test wards was very encouraging and she is grateful to them for testing the CAS approach.

John Stuart, Chief Nurse/Adult Acute CAS Lead, described the system as allowing teams on the wards to take ownership of improvement work and so enhancing job satisfaction. CAS will also provide assurance of standards of care being applied across acute, recognise best practice and look at current levels of achievement. Link persons will be identified on wards for CAS, and under the guidance of the Senior Charge Nurse will be a standard specific champion, for an identified topic, practice or care. They will work with their colleagues to share knowledge and learning related to their allocated standard in order to support the Senior Charge Nurse maintain consistent quality care every time for every patient.

Mr Stuart stressed that adult acute clinical teams will have time to familiarise themselves with the content of CAS before its implementation.

Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive Officer, closed the launch by praising staff for their tireless work during the successful migration to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Children. He went on: “This is launching an approach to take us forward, it is a genuine attempt to look at what we do and demonstrate quality and consistency.” Mr Calderwood said that this approach works in other parts of the UK where benefits have been realised for patients and staff. He stressed the Board’s support for CAS and wished the audience all the very best as they take CAS forward in the future.

To access the presentations from the event please click on the link below:

CAS July Presentations