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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Trust reaches excellent result in NHS Patient Safety Thermometer

Published: 04/09/2014

Latest patient safety results for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust show that over 98 per cent of our older patients are experiencing “harm-free" care – including no reported pressure ulcers or catheter-acquired urinary infection.

A total of 110 patients were surveyed across all six of our older adult inpatient wards for the period 12-14 August for the NHS Patient Safety Thermometer.  Our results included: 

  • 98.18% patients were experiencing harm-free care
  • No patient had a new or old pressure ulcer (only the second month ever we have reported no pressure ulcers in service)
  • No patient with a catheter in place had developed a urinary infection.
  • Two patients had had a low harm fall and three non-harmful falls.

The NHS Patient Safety Thermometer tool provides a quick and simple way to measure, monitor and analyse both harm experienced by patients in care and harm free care.  Each month patients across older adult inpatient wards are surveyed for pressure ulcers, catheter acquired infection, and harm as a result of a fall.

At our Trust findings are recorded by local teams, merged by the Trust co-ordinator and verified by Sue Gardiner, Clinical Nurse Manager, before being submitted to the national database at the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Patrick Cullen, our co-ordinator said: “The safety thermometer enables us to look at our performance and compare this with the performance of other organisations.

“The percentage of older adult patients enjoying harm free care in BSMHFT services has consistently been above the national average and we have been particularly successful in reducing the prevalence of pressure ulcers. In June 2014 and again in August none of our surveyed patients had a pressure ulcer which is an excellent result and reflects all the improvement work that has gone on in older adult inpatient services under the leadership of the our Modern Matrons over the last two years."