Local hospital celebrates global recognition

Posted Thursday, November 24, 2022 11:31 AM

Local hospital celebrates global recognition

Sherwood Forest Hospitals is celebrating after it was globally recognised as an excellent place for nurses and midwives to work. 

The trust is one of only five in Europe to receive Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), showing its commitment to creating a healthy work environment where nurses feel empowered and valued.

The designation sets a global quality standard and demonstrates the direct role that the trust’s nursing and midwifery staff have in influencing and enhancing both policy and practice for the benefit of patient care and outcomes, safety, and quality. Pathway nurses are engaged, which results in higher job satisfaction and reduced turnover. 

Colleagues at all levels across the trust’s three sites - King’s Mill, Mansfield Community and Newark Hospitals – have worked hard over the past two years to contribute towards the trust achieving Pathway to Excellence status. 

To achieve the designation, the trust had to provide evidence that it met strict requirements in six key standards around shared decision making, leadership, safety, quality, wellbeing and professional development. 

The process enabled the trust to identify areas of excellence and quality in nursing, midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) teams, share best practice and identify any gaps or improvements. 

Nursing and midwifery colleagues smashed the minimum response rate required in a questionnaire, with a high percentage of positive responses. The trust scored highly in 23 out of 28 categories. 

Phil Bolton, Chief Nurse at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “Achieving Pathway to Excellence is the result of a lot of hard work and commitment from nursing and midwifery staff over the past two years. We are so proud to be one of just four hospital trusts in the UK to hold this prestigious designation. Achieving this will showcase that the trust has among the highest standards in nursing and midwifery in the world, allowing us to recruit, develop and retain the very best staff.

“It is important to us that we continually look to improve the quality of our services for our community, and achieving this award is further evidence of that.

“Thank you to all our colleagues for embracing and contributing to our Pathway to Excellence success.”

For job vacancies across the trust, visit Sherwood Forest Hospitals (sfh-tr.nhs.uk).

For more information on the Pathway to Excellence recognition program, visit ANCC’s website at https://www.nursingworld.org/pathway.

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