PERFORMANCE: The trust has adopted the Productive Ward progamme across all its wards and been commended by regulators for its work on the initiative, according to board papers.

Matron Jackie Hole, who has been leading the national programme for the trust, gave a report to the board in April highlighting progress.

She told the board: “Implementation included the introduction of protected meal times, monitoring of infection rates, high impact interventions, clinical outcomes, clinical incidents and near misses etc and staffing outcomes. This had been observed and commended by a recent Care Quality Commission’s unannounced visit.”

The board also noted that this information was available by “ward, division and trust-level dashboards”. Separate dashboards have been set up for accident and emergency, and the women and children’s unit. One for maternity services is being developed.

The report stated: “The board noted that all wards had adopted the Productive Ward system. There was a positive approach to take-up of the programme because staff could see the benefits to be realised through it.”

The trust is currently looking at developing a “charter mark” system for rewarding wards that achieve certain targets, and how to refine its dashboards as a means of monitoring quality of care.

“The board commended progress on implementing the Productive Ward programme and agreed that a further report should be presented in due course.”