Delivering high quality and appropriate care is of paramount importance. We as nurses and the organisation overall must account for the quality of care it delivers and that care should be evidence based and appropriate to the needs of the individual or family.
Measuring the quality of nursing care delivered by individuals and teams is not easy. This performance assessment framework will also contribute to the individual organisation’s vision, purpose and values incorporating local and national drivers that support the Healthcare Quality Strategy for Scotland (Scottish Government, 2010).
6 key dimensions of Safe, Person- centred, Efficient, Effective, Equitable, Timeous, and built around the following priorities;
The framework is designed to encapsulate the key tenets of: Scottish Patient Safety Programme, Person Centred Health and care collaborative, GIRFEC, Healthcare Environment Inspection and healthcare associated infection.
Whilst responsibility for achieving the required standards lies with the Senior Nurse/Team leader and his or her Team, the Professional Nursing Lead will support the Senior Nurse / Team Leader to ensure continuous improvement within their Teams.
This system is based on a model used within Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and each standard has been framed using the four domains within the Leading Better Care Role Framework (2008).
The Care Assurance system (CAS) designed to support nurses in practice to understand how they deliver care, identify what works well and where further improvements are needed.
The Health Visiting CAS has been designed to be used in a flexible way to meet the Governance requirements of each Health Board area. The following is a guide for use:
Tri Board Health Visiting CAS Steering Group