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Aspiring for better healthcare

A new initiative has been given pride of place at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

The Accreditation System Providing Improvement and Recognition in the care Environment (ASPIRE) results board has been unveiled inside the Wigan Infirmary main entrance.

Featuring photos of staff, including Ward Managers, Matrons, and Consultants, the board aims to showcase the leadership team of each ward and their results in the process.

The ASPIRE system was created to stimulate the improvement of the care delivered and strengthen the community’s confidence in WWL’s hospitals.

As well as this, ASPIRE enhances leadership across the Trust by recognising and sharing good practice.

There are three stages to the accreditation, starting at bronze then on to silver and gold, and 19 of the wards at WWL have already achieved the bronze level.

The success of ASPIRE is down to staff’s commitment to the programme and WWL’s shared vision of ensuring that every patient receives the best care possible.

Developing the system has involved input from the Trust’s senior leadership team and from other NHS organisations throughout the North West including; Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

Staff, patients, and visitors were there to see the board be unveiled by WWL’s Chief Executive Andrew Foster.

Speaking about the impact the board will have Andrew said; “We are very proud of the high levels of good clinical care on our wards and the new ASPIRE Board enables the public to see just how we monitor standards.

“It will also be very helpful that visitors can put names to faces by seeing photographs of the staff that work on each ward.”

Karen Ashcroft, Clinical Quality and Accreditation Lead, is responsible for the ASPIRE system and said; “This board allows each area’s multidisciplinary team to take ownership of their ASPIRE results and recognises the good work they do.

“It’s brilliant that so many of our wards have already achieved the bronze accreditation and hopefully we’ll be seeing our very first silver accredited ward soon.”

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