SASH is one of just five NHS trusts in the country
working in partnership with the healthcare experts at the Virginia Mason Institute in Seattle, USA and NHS Improvement. As part of the partnership our staff are supported to develop a culture of continuous improvement based on lean principles. The SASH+ culture of continuous improvement (kaizen) focuses on putting the patient first and making changes to improve patient care.
The other Trusts taking part in this national partnership are:
- Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
- The Leeds Teaching Hospitals
- The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
- University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
Find out more about the partnership
At SASH we have a range of topics, value streams. These value streams are areas that we are committed to improving. Our value streams are:
Surgical elective admissions
In the UK sepsis affects 260,000 lives per year and has a huge financial impact on the UK economy. We aim to improve sepsis care across the Trust by focusing on early identification, treatment within the “golden hour” and definitive management of patients with sepsis. This work will help raise awareness across the Trust and give confidence to our staff to identify potential sepsis and, where necessary, escalate to colleagues.
Management of diarrhoea
Diarrhoea affects a significant proportion of our inpatients. It’s an uncomfortable and unpleasant experience and we are seeking to standardise practice across the hospital and reduce time taken treat the condition.
Lean for Leaders
Our SASH+ transformation work includes our Lean for Leaders development programme that has helped our teams adopt a wide range of effective tools and techniques, which have led to significant improvements for both patients and staff. Take a look at the videos below to see how SASH people are using the SASH+ improvement methodology and applying the principles of lean across the organisation.