Posted on 2nd March, 2015
Devon Partnership NHS Trust has been selected by the Health Foundation to be part of its £3.5 million Scaling Up Improvement programme.
The programme is supporting seven health care projects in the UK with the aim of improving health care delivery. The Trust has secured the funding with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
The project aims to reduce the frequency of violent incidents on psychiatric wards by at least 25% within two years. This will be achieved through rolling-out a clinical toolkit across all of the wards in both organisations - using proven techniques to reduce violence and aggression.
Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s Co-Medical Director, Dr Helen Smith said: “Safety is our highest priority and we are proud of the work we have already done in Devon to make our wards as safe as possible and to reduce violence and aggression to an absolute minimum.
“When people are admitted to our wards they are entitled to feel safe and not to come to harm. This funding is a very timely boost to our ongoing work and will be an important factor in delivering safe, therapeutic care for everyone using our inpatient services – and enhanced support for our staff.”
Note to editors: Devon Partnership NHS Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services across Devon and Torbay (excluding Plymouth). The Trust’s inpatient services are concentrated in three main areas - Exeter, Torbay and Barnstaple.
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