SCAPE accreditation delight for Royal Oldham team

Date published: 07 August 2020


Three Northern Care Alliance NHS Group teams - including one from Oldham - are celebrating after achieving SCAPE accreditation.

SCAPE accreditation is a standard that has been set by the Northern Care Alliance (NCA) Group to provide reassurance to patients that they are receiving Safe, Clean and Personal Care every time they visit a hospital or receive care from a nursing team within the NCA group.

This sought-after accreditation demonstrates that teams are consistently delivering high quality, patient-focused care.

The teams to receive this special accreditation include the Community Integrated Respiratory Team and Children’s Community Nursing Team at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Ward T5 Colorectal team from the Royal Oldham Hospital.

The three teams were approved for SCAPE accreditation at this week’s NCA Committees in Common board meeting.

The teams had been due to be assessed by the SCAPE panel in March, but this was delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCA Chief Nurse, Elaine Inglesby-Burke, said: “We are delighted that these three teams have achieved SCAPE accreditation.

"They all demonstrated fantastic evidence, passion and commitment to providing the highest standard of patient-focused care.

"Given the challenges faced by our teams as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, to achieve SCAPE accreditation given this backdrop is particularly impressive.

"Each of these teams should feel very proud of their achievements and how well they have supported the organisation and each other during the pandemic.”

Teams have to undergo a rigorous assessment process to achieve the accreditation and have to present to a SCAPE Review Panel.

The team are asked how they propose to maintain standards and how they will showcase best practice to the rest of the organisation.

Many factors are considered by the panel, including the department’s performance indicators i.e. sickness and absence, number of complaints and any risk management issues.

Departments with SCAPE accreditation continue to be reviewed by a panel on a yearly basis.

They have an annual NAAS assessment and are set specific SCAPE competencies that they must meet.

Angela Entwistle, Ward Manager on Ward T5 Colorectal Ward at the Royal Oldham Hospital, said: “We are thrilled to achieve SCAPE status.

"Everyone has really embraced the principles behind the NAAS and SCAPE accreditation schemes and we are fully focused on delivering the best patient care possible.

"All the team have worked really hard to ensure that we consistently deliver safe, personal and effective care to all our patients, in what can sometimes be a challenging environment.”


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