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New NHS and UWS partnership will "improve patient care"

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:35 GMT on Saturday, 13th April, 2013.
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LANARKSHIRE patients are set to benefit from an even better experience thanks to a new partnership between NHS Lanarkshire and the University of the West of Scotland.

The partnership will support NHS Lanarkshire’s drive to improve patient care and experience.

The partnership is an extension of the Leading Better Care Programme, which aims to support nurses and midwives who lead wards and community teams, by providing development and training opportunities to help them provide first class leadership.

The two year project will be aimed at developing these staff, to support them in delivering high quality safe and effective patient care across Acute Hospitals and in the community.

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Rosemary Lyness, Executive Director of Nursing, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals, said: “The health service is changing rapidly and in future we will be aiming to treat and care for more patients in the community.

“The local ‘Leading Better Care’ programme intends to bring together senior nurses and midwives from across the health service and explore areas for improvement in order for patients to receive first class care and an enhanced overall experience.

“This partnership allows us to focus on these pivotal roles, by providing them and their teams with additional training, one-to-one support and online resources to ensure that we provide care which is safe, effective and tailored around each individual patient’s needs.

“By combining the skills of NHS Lanarkshire staff and academics at the University of the West of Scotland, we can provide staff with additional support to improve patient care and experience across Lanarkshire.”

The partnership will also provide evidence and research projects to use as evidence for future health developments.

Heather Simpson, Head of the University of the West of Scotland’s School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, said: “The partnership will allow us to look at the developments that have happened since the introduction of Leading Better Care and how we can learn from this.

“It will also enable us to develop improvement programmes for staff to support their development in their role. For example, we aim to run educational days in supporting leadership and in the skills needed for their jobs.”

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