18WS created a partnership with the Trust to create hybrid teams, where 18WS brought in teams of highly experienced theatre clinicians and onboarded the Trust’s own consultants and anesthetists. A significant proportion of the patients to be treated were overnight cases, so a blended team was the approach taken as continuity of care was of great importance
Once the service was running performance is monitored daily by the nurse-in-charge and weekly operational review meetings. The nurse-in-charge is accountable for the smooth running of the service and acts as the important link between the trust and 18WS.
Clinical Excellence & Efficiency
On each list we maximised both clinical excellence and the number of patients who could be safely treated. 18WS ran a 2-day weekend service, and we were able to flex and increase our capacity over the summer months as required, as increased demand for trauma services put further pressure on the Trust’s own staff