1,000 Morecambe Bay health workers called on to 'pledge' dedication to patients

Westmorland General Hospital

Westmorland General Hospital

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A NATIONAL day of action calling for health staff to make a ‘pledge’ to their patients is to be held across the Morecambe Bay hospital trust.

‘NHS Change Day’ will be held on Monday across the UK, encouraging health workers to make a promise about their dedication to their jobs - and bosses at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust are hoping 1,000 members of staff will take part.

“I will pledge that every month I will put my uniform on and help out where I am needed to make a difference to our patients,” said Sue Smith, executive chief nurse for the trust, who got the ball rolling.

“That may be making beds on a ward, providing drinks to our patients or carrying out other nursing duties – whatever needs doing I will support our staff.”

However, she explained that NHS Change Day is ‘more than just a pledge for one day’.

“It is about ensuring that we adopt the highest standards of care and quality across our organisation for the benefit of patients.

“Our nursing staff will be promoting harm free care and focussing on pressure ulcers and ensuring that staff across the Trust do all they can to ensure that we stop them for occurring.

“And all our staff can make a difference as well.

“Our receptionists can make a difference each time they meet a patient, our cleaners can make a difference by ensuring our hospitals are clean, and our catering teams make a difference by ensuring our food is tasty, nutritious and presented well.”

Staff across the trust from nurses, doctors to caterers and porters will be asked to make a pledge outlining how they will ensure the highest standards of safety and quality for patients.

Nurse cadets will help out on the day by visiting wards and departments asking for staff promises.

Stands will also be put up at Westmorland General Hospital, Furness General Hospital and Royal Lancaster Infirmary for staff and the public to fill in a ‘pledge card’.

“While NHS Change Day is just one day, we want to build better care for our patients together – ensuring we deliver safe and quality care at whatever level in the organisation we are,” continued Nurse Smith.

“The pledges will be on display at all main sites across the organisation and we will ensure that the pledges we make are not just for NHS Change Day, but the start of a change in our NHS.”

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12:35pm Sat 1 Mar 14

WilliamT says...

There isn't yet another investigation (Kirkup, at Preston) into UHMB for nothing. Nearly all the staff who were there when the Trust collapsed for all those clinical failings are still there. I've no doubt they will pledge anything they're told to pledge- whoever thought up this depressingly foolish idea should read 'Catch 22' where they had the 'Great Loyalty Oath Crusade'- just about as meritorious as UHMB's.
There isn't yet another investigation (Kirkup, at Preston) into UHMB for nothing. Nearly all the staff who were there when the Trust collapsed for all those clinical failings are still there. I've no doubt they will pledge anything they're told to pledge- whoever thought up this depressingly foolish idea should read 'Catch 22' where they had the 'Great Loyalty Oath Crusade'- just about as meritorious as UHMB's. WilliamT
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2:10pm Sat 1 Mar 14

nugget123 says...

Surely you shouldn't be needing to pledge this, as this should be standard practice, I also agree with the person above, nothing has changed

“I will pledge that every month I will put my uniform on and help out where I am needed to make a difference to our patients,” said Sue Smith, executive chief nurse for the trust, who got the ball rolling.

“That may be making beds on a ward, providing drinks to our patients or carrying out other nursing duties – whatever needs doing I will support our staff.”
Surely you shouldn't be needing to pledge this, as this should be standard practice, I also agree with the person above, nothing has changed “I will pledge that every month I will put my uniform on and help out where I am needed to make a difference to our patients,” said Sue Smith, executive chief nurse for the trust, who got the ball rolling. “That may be making beds on a ward, providing drinks to our patients or carrying out other nursing duties – whatever needs doing I will support our staff.” nugget123
  • Score: 3

9:13am Sun 2 Mar 14

Ozzyone says...

I work for the trust and have not received a communication on this event or been informed of this event. The first I knew of it was when I read the article in the Gazette. This in itself indicates the level of lack of communication in the trust and why there is such low staff morale, when management can't even be bothered to inform their staff before the press. The content of this article reflects the mis-guided views of management as once again they place the onus of the trusts problems on the professional, hard working, dedicated and compassionate workforce employed by the trust. This ludicrous campaign, devised by someone in management, deflects from the real issues plaguing the trust. It is an insult to myself and my colleagues to once again be used as a scapegoat for the trusts failures to even suggest a campaign like this. It places the faults of the trust directly on the staff. I will not be taking a pledge and urge all other staff to do the same. Let the management take the pledge to complete disclosure.
I work for the trust and have not received a communication on this event or been informed of this event. The first I knew of it was when I read the article in the Gazette. This in itself indicates the level of lack of communication in the trust and why there is such low staff morale, when management can't even be bothered to inform their staff before the press. The content of this article reflects the mis-guided views of management as once again they place the onus of the trusts problems on the professional, hard working, dedicated and compassionate workforce employed by the trust. This ludicrous campaign, devised by someone in management, deflects from the real issues plaguing the trust. It is an insult to myself and my colleagues to once again be used as a scapegoat for the trusts failures to even suggest a campaign like this. It places the faults of the trust directly on the staff. I will not be taking a pledge and urge all other staff to do the same. Let the management take the pledge to complete disclosure. Ozzyone
  • Score: 8

12:00pm Sun 2 Mar 14

nugget123 says...

You know what Ozzyoone this doesn't surprise me one bit, that you have been left out the loop the communication at this trust is a shambles and it's not surprising that the has been some many serious problems, I am going thorough with a complaint right now, this started in November and still not had all the answers we need from them, their communication is none or very little, they are very good at not answering questions
You know what Ozzyoone this doesn't surprise me one bit, that you have been left out the loop the communication at this trust is a shambles and it's not surprising that the has been some many serious problems, I am going thorough with a complaint right now, this started in November and still not had all the answers we need from them, their communication is none or very little, they are very good at not answering questions nugget123
  • Score: 4

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