Nurses and midwives in Forth Valley have pledged to be better every day at promoting caring, safe and respectful care. The promise is part of a new nursing and midwifery strategy ‘We Care’ which has been approved by the Board after significant consultation involving staff, patients and public partners.
The 16-page document recognises that excellent care is what matters most to patients, families and their staff and that working in changing, challenging and complex times presents a need for innovation and skills development.
The document also notes considerable achievements, including a 54% reduction in the cardiac arrest rate at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, and sustained improvement in the identification and treatment of sepsis.
Director of Nursing, Professor Angela Wallace acknowledged that the new Strategy is intentionally ambitious but highlights, that as a profession, nurses are proud and passionate about the services they provide with patients at the heart of all they do.
The Strategy covers the next three years and the Nursing Directorate will produce an annual report to share information about successes and set out plans for identified areas of improvement.