Patient ‘inspectors’ needed to visit our inpatient units

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 9th October, 2019

Do you know anyone who might be interested in taking a look around some of our inpatient units and giving their opinion on what they are like?

Every year, our inpatient units are assessed by people who have used NHS services, or are carers, or have previously worked in the NHS and left or retired more than two years ago. They look at the ward environment, not the care being given, from the point of view of a patient. Is the ward clean, well maintained, fit for purpose, accessible for people with disabilities, appropriate for someone with dementia? Does the environment allow people to maintain their privacy and dignity? What is the food like, is it good quality, is there adequate choice?

The assessors will be accompanied at all times by a staff member to show them around and answer any questions they may have.

These Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment’ (PLACE) were due to begin in October but we need more patient representatives for this year’s visits.

Assessors will receive £10 an hour plus travel costs.

If you know of someone who might be willing to undertake a visit, please get in touch with Deputy Facilities Lead Mary Queen to find out more: dpt.facilities@nhs.net

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