Work we do to keep you safe:
Please click on the headings to read more.
A. The new training programme for violence prevention and reduction
The positive and safe programme is a new approach to violence reduction and restrictive practices training for LSCFT.
This programme trains staff to use restraint as an exception and that when it does have to be used, both staff and patients are retrained safely and for as least amount of time as possible. The training also includes making sure patients have the opportunity to talk about their feelings and experience afterwards and to make sure they are physically and emotionally unharmed afterwards.
B. Restrictive practices
Some restrictions are in place to support patient safety, for example by asking people not to bring alcohol onto a ward, but wherever possible we try and look after people in as least a restrictive way as possible, giving them the freedom to make safe decisions and self-care.
C. Security management
We have a Security Management Specialist who supports services to help staff and service users keep themselves safe; she also liaises with the police when we have to take action against people who cause deliberate harm to our staff or buildings.
D. Safe environments
We have a legal duty to ensure that our wards and other buildings are safe for patients and staff to be in. We work with our estates department to check (audit) environments regularly and then make sure action is taken where necessary.
We must also make sure people’s privacy and dignity is protected whilst they are on one of our inpatient wards and you can find out more about this here: https://www.lscft.nhs.uk/privacy-and-dignity-single-sex-accomodation.
E. Incident reporting
A patient safety incident is any event that has resulted in harm to a patient. It may also include near-miss events where harm was narrowly avoided.
When an incident happens our staff are required to report it. In LSCFT we use the incident reporting system “Datix”, and we ask our staff to report incidents as routine.
Managers in the trust use this information to see where the incident occurred and what type of incidents are occurring, so other staff can learn from the incident and we can try and prevent something similar happening again.
F. Body worn cameras project
In response to some of our patients and staff reporting that they have not felt safe on some wards, we are introducing some body worn cameras. This technology is already in use in the Police Service and a number of mental health Trust’s across the country.
These cameras have been tested in other Trusts and it has been found that in situations where violence or aggression has been building, the simple act of informing the patient that recording is about to be activated can help to avoid an incident occurring.
G. Sexual safety
The Trust wants services to be safe and to feel safe at all times. As part of this we are developing a booklet that focuses on one specific aspect; your sexual safety. It is being designed for patients on our wards but the information should be useful to keep you safe in the community too.
We will have a draft booklet ready by November 2019 and if you would like to help us develop this it, please contact: Darren.Norris@lancashirecare.nhs.uk
H. Pressure ulcer prevention
Pressures ulcers are preventable. Our staff are trained to carry out assessments and to recognise when you might be at risk of developing a pressure ulcer. If you do develop a pressure ulcer in our care we will treat that as a patient safety incident and learn from this. We will work with you to treat your pressure ulcer whether it developed in our care or in another organisations.
I. Suicide prevention
Lancashire Care NHS Trust want to make sure that every chance is taken to help people at risk of suicide. We recognise that suicide is unfortunately increasing and have a Suicide Prevention plan that aims to have no inpatient mental health suicides and to achieve reduction across our community.
J. Investigations for learning
Investigations for learning - Read more...