system of improving patient care within the health service,
established first in Yorkshire in 1992 and now run nationwide,
is about to see its first application in the United States.
A team from the Centre for the Development of Nursing
Policy and Practice at the University of Leeds is travelling
to Louisville, Kentucky, to assess three hospital wards
as part of the University's accreditation scheme.
director Susan Hamer said: "We're especially pleased to
be extending the reach of our programme to the United
States. Our own health services are always being asked
to learn from abroad. Now we have an example of our best
practice being taken up by healthcare services overseas.
We all face the same difficulties: bed shortages, recruitment,
cleanliness to name but a few, and our programme equips
staff to work as a team to tackle these problems, whether
in the UK or the US."
practice development unit (PDU) accreditation scheme focuses
on patient care at the level of the multi-disciplinary
unit or team a hospital ward or hospice for example
as this is where the most significant improvements
in quality of care can be made. Units taking part go through
a two year development programme, involving coaching,
workshops, and regular contact for advice and support,
within a well-established evidence-based framework, to
reach final accreditation as a PDU.
programme involves staff at all levels within the unit,
from cleaners and porters to consultants and managers,
and aims improve leadership, problem-solving and team-working.
The central goal at all times is to ensure higher quality
of care for patients. The scheme is open to all healthcare
professionals, whether in the NHS or the private sector
and offers practitioners in the UK the opportunity to
network best practice globally.
further information, contact Susan Hamer Practice
Development Programme Director and Centre Co-ordinator,
The Centre for the Development of Nursing Policy and Practice,
0113 233 1384