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Sally Young – Quality Assurance Blog

Sally YoungI hope you have all had a lovely summer – the QAAS visits have continued and we now have 46 wards and departments that are on the scheme.

Thank you to the staff who have supported me sometimes at very short notice to deliver the visits and we have only had to cancel three because of operational pressures.

The first wards that are eligible for exemplar status are working through a PDSA cycle to make sure that the process works well and is fit for purpose. The Morecombe Bay Cardiac Centre at Kendal has scored three consecutive Green visits in a row and are compiling a portfolio of evidence to present to the Quality Improvement Panel.

We also have the QAAS sprint due to take place next month and we still need some support to make this a success. The dates are October 10, 11 and 13 and the teams will consist of nurses, doctors, clerical staff and volunteers and will also be led by a senior nurse with support from myself. Clear instructions and directions will be given as to what is expected of the team members on the day.

Lunch will be available and the teams will be asked to start to generate the written report using GURU – don’t be alarmed it’s very straightforward to use and everybody will be shown what to do on the day.

I will go back the following week to each of the areas visited to make sure that all the information we need has been collected and for me to provide feedback to the ward or department head. Please support this if you can as we have numerous revisits that are outstanding some of which are their 3rd visit and if the score GREEN they too can apply for exemplar status.

Thank you in advance
Sally Young

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