The Productive Series: Releasing Time to Care™ – is a programme developed by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement to help front-line staff spend more time on patient care, reduce waste and improve efficiency. The Government aim to introduce the Productive Ward methodology into 100% of Acute, Mental Health, Community Hospital wards and Community Services teams by 31st March 2014. The Productive Series programmes have already been adopted by a high percentage of organisations and front line teams are using the tools and methodology to improve care, increase the time spent with patients, deliver process efficiencies and financial savings.
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Evaluating palliative care ward staffing using bed occupancy, patient dependency, staff activity, service quality and cost data
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St. Ann’s Hospice, UK, Keith Hurst, Independent Researcher and Analyst, Nottinghamshire, UK
Background: Palliative care staffing has remained unchallenged for decades while service provision has changed markedly, bringing new workforce demands. There is little evidence to inform hospice workforce structures, which strive to deliver the highest-quality holistic care.
Aim: The study had three main aims, to: (i) adapt the acuity-quality workforce planning method used extensively in the UK National Health Service (NHS) for use in hospices; (ii) compare hospice and NHS palliative care staffing establishments and their implications; and (iii) create ward staffing benchmarks and formulae for hospice managers.
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A systems perspective on nursing productivity.
Authors: Nicola North, School of Population Health, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, Frances Hughes, Nursing Midwifery Office, Brisbane, Australia
Citation: Nicola North, Frances Hughes, 2012 “A systems perspective on nursing productivity”, Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 26 Iss: 2, pp.192 – 214
Keywords: Human resource management, Management strategy, New Zealand, Nursing, Outcomes, Productivity, Workforce
Article type: Conceptual paper DOI: 10.1108/14777261211230772 Permanent URL Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract: Purpose – Recent New Zealand reports have identified the nursing workforce for its potential to make a significant contribution to increased productivity in health services. The purpose of this paper is to review critically the recent and current labour approaches to improve nursing productivity in New Zealand, in a context of international research and experience.Design/methodology/approach – An examination of government documents regarding productivity, and a review of New Zealand and international literature and research on nursing productivity and its measurement form the basis of the paper.
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Published in Healthcare Quarterly, 2012, GR Baker
… New programs, such as Releasing Time to Care: The Productive Ward, in Saskatchewan and Ontario offer systematic ways to examine and improve nursing care and patient unit environments, with the potential to improve efficiency, increase patient safety and quality, boost …
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- The culture of patient safety
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- Human factors in patient safety
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- Safety in the community and many more
New initiative kick starts The Productive Ward
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has come up with an innovative idea for helping clinical staff to return from long term sickness absence. The trust invites clinical staff who are in the recovery phase of long term sickness absence to take up the role of Productive Ward Facilitators.
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