With the specialized service, the Trust’s health professionals hope to further embed a “holistic approach” in the way patients are cared for.
This means support that takes into account the entire person, not just their physical health needs.
It takes into account a person’s mental, emotional, and social well-being and means giving greater importance to the general well-being of patients, rather than just showing them a set of symptoms or conditions that need to be resolved.
The team, made up of specialist nurses and allied health professionals with extensive expertise in falls prevention and deconditioning, was formed in March.
The newly formed service will initially focus on Wards 16 and 17 – Stroke, Diabetes, and Endochrine – and will be piloted in the organization’s three main hospital locations in Bassetlaw and Doncaster prior to further deployment.
Person-Centered Nursing Practitioner and Holistic Nursing Team member, Julie Wragg, said, “As a Trust, we recognize that patient safety related to cognitive impairment is often difficult to manage, especially given the pressures currently facing wards as a result of Covid- 19th
“As a team, we provide additional perspectives and guidance to patients with dementia, delirium, increased monitoring needs, and fall risk factors. This support will help us improve the care and treatment of individuals and their hospital experience.”
Now in the post, the team is able to support a patient’s perception, provide advice on care plans, and guide the behavior of patients with complex needs.
Health leaders hope this will help improve care and treatment, and help staff cope with difficulties that arise when a patient becomes upset or angry because of their condition and unfamiliar surroundings.
Patients also participate in stimulating and fun exercises with the team that bring comfort and relaxation, help them stay safe, and prevent deconditioning that can lead to a fall.
The Trust’s deputy head nurse, Abigail Trainer, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to develop and introduce this team to the Trust.
“As we look to the future, now is the perfect time to introduce this service to ensure patients receive the best possible treatment, but also holistic care to support them all the way through their hospital journey. As an organization It is our ambition to be the safest in England who excels in everything we do – I believe the introduction of the holistic care team will help us achieve this goal. “
The team is available to both patients and colleagues from Monday to Friday. The effectiveness of the service is assessed and optimized as it is further embedded in the pilot areas.
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