Sheffield mental health team receives top award

Dovedale ward is an acute mental health inpatient ward for those aged sixty five and over and has received a silver success award.

The team have received this award from the Improvement Academy after going 20 days without a service user suffering a fall and continued to do so for a further three days.

The Improvement Academy is a learning network focused on delivering better health and care for the UK. It is made up of a team of improvement scientists, patient safety experts and clinicians who are committed to working with frontline services, patients and the public to deliver real and lasting change.

In their vision they state the importance of developing a confident workforce with colleagues who are good at what they do. 

They showed their gratitude for the workers after receiving this award. On behalf of the Trust Matthew Woodward said: “This award is a tribute to the hard-working and caring staff who understand and appreciate the complex needs of people we look to help. It wouldn’t have been possible without teamwork- well done to the Dovedale 1 team.”

The team uses the HUSH (Huddle Up for Safer Healthcare) approach which was introduced to the ward with the help of the physiotherapy team and involves a daily meeting at 9am to address risk factors and the management plan around falls. The consultant, ward doctors, pharmacists, nurses, care support workers, housekeepers, psychologists, support workers, and occupational therapists all attend the meeting.

After this recent success the team aims to continue this and continue their vision of always improving what they do.

The Trust said: “We are now working towards the new milestone of 30 days without a fall.” 

The ward is based at the Michael Carlisle Centre in Sheffield on Osborne Road, Nether Edge.

Written by Isabella Francois

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