The Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust Story
How Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust have introduced technology to reduce the number of falls on older adult wards
Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust (CWPT) runs mental health, learning disabilities and community physical health services across the West Midlands and Warwickshire region. Manor Hospital is CWPT’s dementia inpatient facility. It has two 12 bedded wards, one for males (Pembleton) and one for females (Stanley).
Falls are the main challenge staff face in keeping patients safe. The large majority are classified as at ‘high risk of falls’. Almost 50% of patient falls happen in the bedroom, a place where staff cannot be with all patients all of the time.
CWPT wanted to reduce fall rates and realised that digital technologies could be the answer. Having researched various options, CWPT partnered with Oxehealth, a spin-out from Oxford University.
Four months into live running, the teams on Stanley and Pembleton wards reflected on what the Oxehealth Digital Care Assistant (DCA) has achieved for them, and on what’s next. The case study shares insights from a recent survey in which 100% of CWPT staff reported that the system had improved patient safety on the ward at night, with 79% reporting it had directly enabled staff to prevent a fall.
Lynda Fitzpatrick, Ward Manager states, “falls have reduced massively on the ward because of the system. It’s our sixth member of staff on the night shift”. Find out how dementia wards at CWPT have reduced falls and how the Oxehealth Digital Care Assistant (DCA) is also helping staff to reduce unwitnessed falls, understand patients' activity, behaviour and sleep better and freeing up the clinical team's time for more hands-on care, where and when it’s needed most