Comment

Let’s celebrate success

Emergency nurses are introducing innovative forms of practice to reduce attendances and improve flow

Emergency nurses are introducing innovative forms of practice to reduce attendances and improve flow

New figures from NHS England show that attendances at emergency departments (EDs) are greater than ever and performance has worsened in many areas this past year. 

Thank goodness then that the performance of clinical areas outside EDs is affecting attendances and flow. 

The new Department of Health A&E delivery plan released in May focuses on supporting emergency care through solutions external to EDs. These include:

  • Ambulatory emergency care.
  • GP streaming.
  • Frailty pathways. 
  • Use of the SAFER patient flow bundle.
  • Review of inpatient stays longer than 6 days.
  • Application of internal professional standards.
  • Discharge to assess and rapid response to requests for home visits.

In addition, there are things that we can do inside the ED to enhance our patients care and experience.  For example, Paula Bennett in Stockport has worked on developing nursing quality standards to improve nursing care in EDs. The RCN Emergency Care Association (ECA) would like to see these standards implemented across the country. 

I would also like us to celebrate the excellent work done by emergency nurses. We need to support each other, and to engage with trusts and the wider health and social care system, to find solutions to the issues we all face. 

Innovation

There are some wonderful examples of innovation in practice that are making a difference to patient care, so let’s start shouting about them and get some good news stories out there.  

Let’s join forces and start celebrating the fabulous work being done in EDs every day to keep our emergency care services afloat during these difficult times. The ECA is keen to hear from you.

Visit the ECA Facebook page at RCN Emergency Care Association or tweet @ecacommittee 


About the author

Mandy Rumley-Buss is an Emergency Care Association committee member

This article is for subscribers only

Jobs