It’s ‘green for go’ as hospital wards score accreditation success

Five wards across Boston’s Pilgrim hospital are celebrating after being rated ‘green’ across the board in a new accreditation scheme.

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Wards 1B (women’s health), 3A (orthopaedics), 6A and 6B (care of the elderly), and the top floor stroke unit have achieved their green ratings (highest) in United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) new ward accreditation scheme.

As part of the accreditation programme, hospital wards must evidence certain criteria to demonstrate they provide the highest quality patient care.

The scheme was launched last year to help drive up the quality and consistency of care on the Trust’s wards, as part of its overall quality and safety improvement plan.

Wards across the hospitals are regularly inspected by a team of independent senior nurses and assessed against 13 separate quality standards they must evidence.

They are then given a rating of red, amber, or green depending on how they score in the standards, with the ward team supported to develop and implement an improvement action plan to further enhance the quality of care and patient experience if necessary, before the next inspection.

John Boulton, ULHT’s quality matron for ward accreditation said: “This is a fantastic achievement by the ward teams at Pilgrim hospital.

“The accreditation process is a deep dive into how wards are performing and the teams at Pilgrim have shown that they are able to identify the actions they need to take to ensure the care they give their patients is of the highest standard.

“This focus on ensuring that they provide safe, harm free care is evident in the ward performance and the leadership shown by the individual ward managers.

“We are so proud of the ward teams and expect the number of green wards to increase so that all wards will achieve this recognition.”

Matron for medicine at Pilgrim hospital, Maxine Skinner said: “To get one green ward was amazing but to get all of my areas green is outstanding.

“I am so proud of all my teams. The hard work and dedication means the world to me and provides the best standards of care to our patients.”