Stroke ward celebrates green NAAS

Date published: 04 December 2018

Staff on Ward 11A at Fairfield General Hospital are celebrating after achieving 13 green standards in the Nursing Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) - the best ratings since the NAAS scheme was established at Pennine Acute Trust in 2016.

The Nursing Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) measures the quality of nursing care delivered by individuals and teams and provides evidence that teams are meeting the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) fundamental compassionate care standards - the 6Cs of: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

The Nursing Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) is a trust-wide initiative and performance framework system that was originally introduced at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. It has since been introduced on Pennine Acute Hospital sites, when the two trusts began to work together as part of the new Northern Care Alliance (NCA) group.

The NAAS assessment measures 13 standards covering areas including patient safety, infection control, safeguarding, medicines management and a number of other key care standards. It is designed to support nurses to understand how they deliver care, identify what works well and areas where further improvement is needed.

Ellisha Carter, ward manager on the stroke rehabilitation ward commented: ““Staff on Ward 11A work hard as a team to deliver the best possible care for patients and we are delighted  that not only has this hard work been recognised but to have achieved the highest score to date with 13 green standards.

"This is great news for our patients who can be confident that they are receiving safe, clean and personal care.”

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