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Our improvement plan our progress

Our improvement plan & our progress

Personal message from the Chair:

At Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust we are committed to ensuring our patients’ experience of our services is a good one. We take the quality of our care very seriously and constantly strive to improve and develop. I, on behalf of the Board, unreservedly apologise where our patients have not received the standard of care we aspire to.

Sir Bruce Keogh carried out a review into the quality of care and treatment at our hospitals as part of a national review. The review was carried out because of higher than expected mortality rates. Since the review we have been working to reflect and really understand what actions we need to take to further improve safety and quality, as well as the patient and staff experience. This is a real learning process for all within the organisation.

The action plan developed at the Risk Summit focuses on short-term improvements on immediate issues and we envisage the trust improvement plans going beyond Keogh deadline dates to ensure that when the Chief Inspector of Hospital, Prof Sir Mike Richards inspects, that the trust is ready. Our actions fall under four key themes: patient safety; patient experience; workforce; and governance. Some are focussed around our processes, such as how we record and monitor patient care or the patient experience. Others are about rolling out examples of good clinical practice across all our services so there is one consistent approach. All of them will support us in our ambition to get it right first time – indeed every time – for our patients. Once the immediate actions identified here have been completed, the Trust will set out a longer-term plan to maintain progress and ensure that the actions lead to measurable improvements in the quality and safety of care for patients.

It is important that we engage our staff, patients and the local public along the way. We want to know, and hear back from you, whether the changes we are making are having the right impact and learn from what you, the public, have to say.

There will be regular updates on NHS Choices and subsequent longer term actions will be included as part of a continuous process of improvement.

What are we doing?

Keogh review made 17 recommendations on 11 July 2013 which, if implemented, would improve the quality of our services.

Specifically, Keogh said that we need to:

Strengthen leadership at Board level and improve some of the Board processes – this is important because the Board sets the direction for organisational culture and leads organisational change

Strengthen processes within our urgent care pathways. This is important because strengthening these processes will improve patient experience and may have a positive impact on clinical outcomes.

Strengthen how we learn from patient experience. This is important because patient feedback is an important element of quality and we can more quickly identify areas for improvement.

Improve the way data is used to provide intelligent information in relation to clinical effectiveness and operational performance data. This is important because such information is key to strategic decision making and for understanding our quality and patient experience.

Formally review staffing levels and skill mix and take action where appropriate. This is important because having the right staff numbers and with the right skills is central to the delivery of a quality service.

This ‘plan & progress’ document shows our plan for making these improvements and demonstrates how we’re progressing against the plan. This document builds on the ‘Key findings and action plan following risk summit’ document which we agreed immediately after the review was published: (http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/bruce-keogh-review/Pages/published-reports.aspx).

While we take forward our plans to address the Keogh recommendations, the Trust is in ‘special measures’. More information about special measures can be found at: http://www.ntda.nhs.uk/blog/2013/07/16/nhs-tda-places-five-trusts-in-special-measures/

Oversight and improvement arrangements have been put in place to support changes required. More detail is shown further in the document.


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Who is responsible?

Our actions to address the Keogh recommendations have been agreed by the Trust Board

Our Chief Executive, Professor Anne Eden is ultimately responsible for implementing actions in this document. Other key staff are the Medical Director Dr Tina Kenny and the Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Care Standards, Professor Lynne Swiatczak as they provide clinical leadership within the organisation. The Chief Operating Officer and Director of Human Resources also play key roles in the delivery of the plan.

Dr Stephen Dunn is our Trust Development Authority representative and he is helping us to implement our actions by supporting & performance monitoring the delivery of this plan.

Ultimately, our success in implementing the recommendations of the Keogh plan will be assessed by the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, who will re-inspect our Trust by April 2014.

If you have any questions about how we’re doing, contact us on [email protected] .

Our improvement plan & our progress

How we will communicate our progress to you

Details of our action group and action plan have been published in a dedicated area on our website - http://www.buckshealthcare.nhs.uk/everypatientcounts- we will also publish a summary of our progress against this plan every month

A report will be presented to and discussed at our Board every month – these meetings are held in public bi-monthly and anyone is welcome to come along and listen

We will be using our blog - http://everypatientcounts.wordpress.com/ - to share the work we are doing to improve and develop care, quality and the patient experience. And we want people to get involved by posting their comments and questions, sharing ideas or participating in discussions

We will also use twitter to update and engage people – follow us http://twitter.com/BucksHealthcare

We will be reporting to the Buckinghamshire Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee with regular updates, including the presentation of our action plan at their September meeting

Members of the Trust will receive frequent email updates, as will other key stakeholders such as our local Healthwatch, councils, MPs, commissioners and our patient experience group

We are working with our local commissioners so that GPs are kept up-to-date with our progress

We will actively work with our local media – ensuring they are provided with updates and an opportunity to ask questions through our public Board meetings

A dedicated section has been set up on our staff intranet, providing regular updates and an opportunity for staff to post comments and ask questions. As we progress against our action plan, we will continue to use our weekly staff bulletin and monthly team brief to provide updates. Divisional Boards and professional meetings, for example our Nursing & Midwifery Board, discuss this action plan as a standing item at their monthly meetings.

Signed by the Chair of the Trust – Fred Hucker (on behalf of the Board)


What have we delivered so far
What have we delivered so far?

The Trust is now reviewing every patient death in a detailed and systematic way, compared to 50 reviews twice a year previously, which has helped us to quickly identify if there are clinical improvements we need to make. As a result we have already rolled out a new system for fluid management

Made significant improvements in our complaints response time, with 85% of complaints now answered within 25 days compared to 54% in March. All complainants are also being offered an opportunity to meet with the clinicians involved in their care in order to more fully talk through their concerns

A dedicated phoneline has been established for healthcare professionals in community services to access GP support more quickly out-of-hours

Additional doctors are working at weekends in Stoke Mandeville Hospital to support emergency medical patients on the wards and ensuring that each and every patient admitted at the weekend is reviewed on a daily basis

We have reviewed urgent patient transfers between our two acute sites and confirmed the small number of transfers undertaken (2-3 per day) are safe and clinically effective. We have also determined ongoing monitoring criteria

We have recruited almost 70 qualified and newly-qualified nurses

A new process for auditing medical patients taken to ITU within 72hrs of admission has been put in place – allowing doctors to identify sub-optimal care and learn the lessons in real-time

The Health & Social Care Information Centre has published the Summary Hospital-Level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) statistics for the period April 2012 to March 2013, revealing that the mortality rate for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has reduced, placing the Trust in the ‘as expected’ range. Since 2010 it had recorded ‘higher than expected’ mortality rates.


Our improvement plan This table shows the actions we’re taking to address the concerns about the quality of our services which were raised in the Keogh report. It also shows how we are progressing against our actions.

Key for progress reports

Blue -delivered

Green – on track to deliver

Narrative – disclose delays/risks/plan to recover

Red – not on track to deliver


Our improvement plan continued
Our improvement plan continued…

Key for progress reports

Blue -delivered

Green – on track to deliver

Narrative – disclose delays/risks/plan to recover

Red – not on track to deliver


How our progress is being monitored and supportedThis table shows how and when we are checking that the actions we’re taking are making a real difference across our clinical services. It also highlights how we will be communicating our progress to our local community.

Key for progress reports

Blue -delivered

Green – on track to deliver

Narrative – disclose delays/risks/plan to recover

Red – not on track to deliver


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