A one-day conference ran by Walsall Healthcare Trust, Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group and the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative, was held this week to celebrate the improvement work made by Walsall Nursing Homes.
The conference, held at The Village Hotel, Walsall, saw attendees learn about how nursing homes in the Walsall Borough have been applying Quality Improvement (QI) tools and techniques in every day practice to improve quality of care for nursing home residents. Over 100 people attended the conference.
Councillor Marco Longhi, Mayor of Walsall, was in attendance as part of a SPACE (Safer Provision and Caring Excellence) awards ceremony held during the conference, to recognise and award staff and their managers for their contributions in improving care for residents.
Speakers at the event included: Dr Zoe Wyrko, Director of Workforce for the British Geriatrics Society, Dr Dawn Moody, Associate National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person-Centred Care for NHS England, Caroline Maries-Tillott, SPACE Quality Improvement Lead for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and Sally Roberts, Chief Nurse for Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and Black Country Regional Strategic Transformation Plan Lead Nurse.
Reflecting on the conference, Caroline said: “I am really pleased that nursing homes in Walsall were given the opportunity to showcase their excellent improvement work – which has resulted in improvements for residents.
“The engagement we had from managers and front-line staff at the conference was amazing. Their enthusiasm, innovation and collaboration with QI developments has been exactly what we envisaged with the SPACE project. Nursing home managers also presented their own Quality Improvement case studies, demonstrating –ownership of the Quality Improvements and the potential sustainability of the SPACE programme in the future.”
Caroline adds: “The awards was really an opportunity to celebrate all the efforts that are being made in our nursing homes – this area of care can be extremely challenging and demanding yet staff have shown real innovation and commitment and deserved to have this showcased.”
Dr Wyrko added: “I was completely inspired by the work happening in Walsall Care Homes and the Quality Improvement work led by Walsall Healthcare Trust, Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group and the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative. I’m proud to have been part of such a special day and surrounded by so many inspiring/hard-working staff.”
Here are a list of the award winners and those who received highly recommended awards:
Most Innovative Improvement (Environment) 2018: Delves Court Nursing Home
Most Innovative Improvement (Clinical Care) 2018: Winner – Rushall Nursing Home, Highly Commended – Parklands Court Nursing Home (Harrison Unit)
Most Improved Safety Culture 2018: Winner – Ash Grange Nursing Home, Highly Commended – Richmond Hall Nursing Home
Nursing Home Manager of the Year: Winner – Karen Beale at The Willows Nursing Home, Highly Commended – Jo Bennett at Delves Court Nursing Home
Nursing Home of the Year: Winner – Delves Court, Highly Commended – The Cottage Nursing Home