Celebrating Walsall nursing homes’ improvement work

Posted on 5 February 2018 (Permalink)

A one-day conference to be run by Walsall Healthcare Trust, Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group and the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative will be held next month celebrating the improvement work made by Walsall Nursing Homes. 

The conference, to be held at The Village Hotel, Walsall, on 13 March from 9am – 4.30pm will enable attendees to:

  • Discover how nursing homes in the Walsall Borough have been applying Quality Improvement (QI) tools and techniques in every day practice to improve quality of care for nursing home residents
  • Learn how QI methods have impacted on reducing avoidable harm and improving safety culture in nursing homes
  • Hear how front line staff and managers have developed innovative solutions to improve quality in a challenged system
  • Question the speakers and care home staff about their journey through SPACE – Safer Provision and Caring Excellence

The conference will also highlight the next steps and plans for the SPACE project going forwards. The SPACE programme is a large-scale care home improvement programme being undertaken in care homes in Walsall and Wolverhampton which aims to strengthen safety culture and reduce the incidence of adverse safety events. 

Confirmed speakers include: Dr Zoe Wyrko, Director of Workforce for the British Geriatrics Society,  Dr Dawn Moody, Associate National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person-Centred Care for NHS England, Sally Roberts, Chief Nurse for Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and Black Country Regional Strategic Transformation Plan Lead Nurse, Caroline Maries-Tillott SPACE Quality Improvement Lead for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Sarah Damery CLARHC Research Fellow and Isabelle Latham, Senior Lecturer at the Association for Dementia Studies.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Caroline said: “I am really pleased that nursing homes in Walsall have this well-deserved opportunity to showcase some of the excellent improvement work – which has resulted in improvements for residents.

“The engagement we have had from managers and front line staff has been amazing – their enthusiasm, innovation and collaboration with QI developments has been exactly what we envisaged with the SPACE project. Holding the conference is the next step in the journey to share the successes more widely.”

In recognition of the improvements in quality, safety and culture in Walsall Nursing Homes, Walsall CCG, Walsall Healthcare Trust and the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative will be recognising and rewarding staff and managers for their contributions with special awards.

Caroline adds: “We will be presenting awards for Most Improved Care Home, Most Innovative Improvement (Environment and Clinical Care), Most Improved Safety Culture and Care Home Manager of the Year. We really want to celebrate all the efforts that are being made in our nursing homes – this area of care can be extremely challenging and demanding yet staff have shown real innovation and commitment and deserve to have this showcased.”