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Providing ‘Wheely’ Excellent Nursing Care

Today over 5,000 nurses and midwives will see the launch of a new Nursing and Midwifery Strategy which sets out the values and commitments for nursing practice across the organisation.

Each nurse/midwife will be given a wheel which will remind staff on a daily basis about the values and commitments.

There are over 5,000 nurses and midwives working in our hospitals, in the community, in formal and informal care settings and in patients' homes. The breadth and complexity of services we provide would not be possible without a competent, caring and committed nursing and midwifery workforce. In such a busy and complex environment it can be a real challenge for nurses and midwives to provide high quality clinical care and a personalised service but it is one which nurses and midwives raise to every day.

Gill Heaton, Director of Patient Services/Chief Nurse says: "The public place their trust in nurses and midwives at a time when they are most vulnerable, nurses and midwives have a responsibility to uphold that trust and confidence and to ensure that the care we provide is based on a shared set of values, clinically excellent and contribute to an excellent experience."

The strategy is based on a set of core values:

  • Respect
  • Dignity
  • Compassion
  • Pride
  • Empathy
  • Consideration

… and six commitments - to provide a Nursing & Midwifery service that:

  • Delivers the best patient care
  • Is accountable to the patient, families and service users, the public and to each other
  • Listens to you and responds to your comments or concerns
  • Communicates effectively
  • Celebrates achievement
  • Demonstrates effective leadership

We have expanded the Nursing and Midwifery services we deliver to include community services, learning disability services and more recently acquired acute services in Trafford as well as consolidating all the 'Making it Better' changes; which have seen births in Saint Mary's increase to over 7,000 a year.

The strategy is being launched as part of the Nursing and Midwifery Conference, which this year, focuses on Equality & Diversity.  Titled 'Just the way you are' it will showcase and celebrate innovative projects driven by the equality and diversity agenda at the Trust.