HSSD and the Nursing Midwifery Council publish Guernsey's Maternity Services improvement programme action plan
Thursday 22 January 2015
HSSD's response to the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)'s Extraordinary Review of the Local Supervisory authority (LSA)'s midwifery supervision has been published.
The action plan set out 88 specific actions across five areas:
- care and environment;
- policies and procedures;
- leadership and management; and
- organisational culture.
Almost half of the plan's actions (40 out of 88) are complete as of 14 January 2015, and significant progress is being made across the whole plan with the support of the NMC, the Local Supervisory Authority (LSA), NHS England as well as other departments across the States of Guernsey.
HSSD Chief Officer Dr Carol Tozer said:
"The NMC's Extraordinary Review set out a significant challenge to HSSD, one that we have to meet in order to demonstrate that we can provide consistently high quality maternity services for our community. The action plan, devised with the engagement of the NMC, is the roadmap for meeting that challenge. We are making significant progress, but we are by no means complacent. There is still a huge about to do - and as an organisation we are clearly moving in the right direction.
"The response of the maternity team, both at Loveridge Ward and across the service, has been committed and determined. The praise for staff from our service users regarding the standards of care that they have received is fully deserved. I know that our excellent team works tirelessly, every day and every night, to provide the best possible care and service for our community. That progress that is reflected in the action plan is testament to their hard work.
"The action plan also reflects the contribution that has been made right across the Department, and right across the States. [Chief Executive] Paul Whitfield has ensured that expertise from across the States has been deployed to support HSSD's work on the action plan. This has been, and will continue to be, a team effort across the public service.
"The NMC will be continuing their review with a further visit to Guernsey in February. In addition a visit from the GMC will also take place at the end of February. The ongoing reviews are an opportunity for all of us involved in maternity services and healthcare to demonstrate the progress that we are making. I should add that the NMC's partnership in developing and working against the action plan has been of great assistance."
HSSD's Minister Deputy Paul Luxon said:
"Back in December, the NMC said that HSSD had accepted the challenges that it faced, and that moreover they were pleased by HSSD's response so far. Today's publication is welcomed by me, the Board and staff as it enables us to demonstrate clearly to our community that we have made a proportionate and professional response to the review.
"The work that has been done by our staff cannot be under-estimated. They, like the Board, are determined to make our community proud of our healthcare system. I hope today's publication will be one more step towards doing that.
"I hope that our community will support the commitment to transparency that has led to the publication of this action plan. I hope that it will welcome the progress that the action plan demonstrates and documents. And I hope that it will recognise the further steps that are being taken to ensure we provide the best possible service for our island."
The NMC review team will be in Guernsey on 24 and 25 February. The GMC will visit Guernsey on 26 February.
- The action plan progress report is available to download below.
- The NMC extraordinary report and the HSSD action plan is available here.