Local Accreditation

Nursing, midwifery and care staff as part of their everyday practice are well-placed to identify opportunities for transformational change that will support delivery of better outcomes and experiences of those who use our services. To support this local accreditation aims to provide us with the tools to bring together key measures from across nursing and clinical care into a single overarching framework which can enable those working within that environment to undertake a comprehensive assessment of quality of care from ward, unit and team levels.

Local Accreditation is:

  • the development of a set of standards so that areas for improvement can be identified and areas of excellence celebrated

Experience shows accreditation programmes can drive continuous improvement in patient outcomes, and increase patient satisfaction and staff experience at ward and unit level. Using a collective sense of purpose teams can support communication, encourage ownership and achieve a robust programme which measures and influences care delivery.

In April 2019 the Chief Nursing Officer for England launched the ‘Guide to developing and implementing ward and unit accreditation programme’ as a guide for Chief Nurses and those in senior nursing and midwifery roles to support them with local accreditation as well as to shared examples of good practice and learning.

The Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May highlights:

“I see ward and unit accreditation as having huge potential to enable nursing and midwifery-led improvement and the sharing of learning and good practice. I am delighted to see momentum gathering behind this approach”.

The frameworks, tools and resources contained within these webpages aim to showcase exemplars and to help set up local ward and unit accreditation programmes, embrace the leadership potential of all staff and demonstrate positive outcomes in some brilliant local quality initiatives.