Thursday, 12 March 2015

'Royal College of Nursing says Scottish elderly care standards 'not being met'' @BBCScotlandNews

'Royal College of Nursing says Scottish elderly care standards 'not being met'' Eleanor Bradford, BBC News Scotland, 12 March 2015:

"An analysis of inspections of hospitals which are caring for the elderly has suggested the current inspection regime has not driven up standards.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) began inspecting hospitals in 2012.

It was part of a new programme of inspections designed to encourage improvement and share good practice. 

But the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said its review of 35 inspections suggested there had been a failure to improve the quality of elderly care. 

In response, HIS said its own review of the care of older people in acute hospitals, which was produced last November, found that "we are seeing improvements being made across Scotland".

" ..its analysis showed that 31 out of 35 inspections found hospitals did not appropriately screen and assess older people for cognitive impairment while 27 hospitals needed to improve nutritional screening of older people.

Meanwhile, 19 out of 35 inspections identified improvements were needed in the assessment of pressure ulcers and 18 out of 35 found hospitals could do better in the way they implemented adults with incapacity legislation."

"RCN Scotland director Theresa Fyffe said: "Our analysis also showed that NHS boards do not seem to be learning lessons from each other or even between hospitals within the same board.

"A poor inspection report in one hospital may be followed a few months later by a poor inspection report in another hospital in the same board area, with the same issues revealed. This is clearly not good for our older people ..."'

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