Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust today (Fri) welcomed a national report that shows real progress over recent years in meeting the needs of children who come into North Devon District Hospital.
The analysis, by the Healthcare Commission, looks at the skills and training of key staff who look after children when they come for treatment and care. It follows up on an original report in 2005/06.
Today’s update shows Northern Devon performing at a consistently high level in two key areas:
- The number of nurses in emergency care who have been trained in paediatric life support
- The number of nurses in emergency care who have been trained in assessing and relieving pain
The Healthcare Commission also highlights improvements in areas such as:
- The number of consultant surgeons and anaesthetists trained in child protection
- The number of nurses in emergency care who have been trained in child protection
Low-performing areas include:
- Consultants who work with low numbers of children – a typical difficulty in district general hospitals. The Trust has systems in place to make sure standards are high.
- The presence of children’s nurses in general (non-paediatric) out-patient clinics. Nurses work flexibly to provide as much cover as possible.
The results make Northern Devon one of the best-performing hospital trusts in the county.
Carolyn Mills, Director of Nursing, said: “A huge amount of work has gone into improving the care we can offer to children, which is reflected by the real advances identified by the Healthcare Commission.
“It’s obviously an ongoing process, with lots more to do, but our training and development team have done a fantastic job to make sure staff develop the skills they need to help children.”