Dimension: Staff

Rationale for measurement

The presence of an adequate number of health care staff is essential for optimal patient care. High absenteeism rates can potentially affect quality of patient care and staff morale. The resultant ad hoc use of temporary staff from an external Agency to cover sick leave can also impact on continuity of care for the patient.

Measurement methodology and data sources

  • Local data set from monthly performance metrics

Target

  • 3.5%

Performance

Charts below exclude data related to Covid-19 (cocooning available to work) which averages between 1.5-2.5% per site

Beaumont Hospital

  • Beaumont Hospital absence rates – March 9.30% (62,805 lost hours = 369WTE). (National target <3.5% not achieved).
  • data includes paid Covid-19 related absences
    • national data for March not available at time of report publication

Cavan General Hospital

  • Cavan Hospital absence rates – March 12.96% (23,125 lost hours = 136WTE). (National target <3.5% not achieved)
  • data includes paid Covid-19 related absences
    • national data for March not available at time of report publication

Monaghan Hospital

  • Monaghan Hospital absence rates – March 7.70% (1,678 lost hours = 10WTE). (National target <3.5% not achieved)
  • data includes paid Covid-19 related absences
    • national data for March not available at time of report publication

Drogheda Hospital

  • Drogheda absence rates – March 9.06% (32,359 lost hours = 190WTE). (National target <3.5% not achieved)
  • data includes paid Covid-19 related absences
    • national data for March not available at time of report publication

Louth County Hospital

  • Louth Hospital absence rates – March 15.52% (7,110 lost hours = 42WTE). (National target <3.5% not achieved)
  • data includes paid Covid-19 related absences
    • national data for March not available at time of report publication

Connolly Hospital

  • Connolly Hospital absence rates – March 7.30% (17,707 lost hours = 104WTE). (National target <3.5% not achieved)
  • data includes paid Covid-19 related absences
    • national data for March not available at time of report publication

Rotunda Hospital

  • Rotunda absence rates – March 7.77%(10,137 lost hours = 60WTE). (National target <3.5% not achieved)
  • data includes paid Covid-19 related absences
    • national data for March not available at time of report publication

National Comparator – Hospital Groups – Average YTD 2022 (Jan-Feb)

  • no Hospital Group currently achieving national target of <3.5% for YTD 2022
  • national data for March 2022 not available at time of report publication

Rationale for measurement

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016 came into effect on 29 April 2016. This legislation makes it mandatory for people who carry out relevant work or activities in respect of children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) of the Garda Siochana. The Acts define relevant work or activities as ‘any work or activity which is carried out by a person, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable adults’.

Section 21 of the Act provides for the retrospective vetting of employees who are carrying out ‘relevant work or activities’ and who were not previously vetted. The Regulations (SI No. 223 of 2016) provide that applications for retrospective vetting disclosures shall be made not later than March 2018.

Measurement methodology and data sources

  • Local data set from monthly performance metrics

Target

  • 100% of employees engaged in ‘relevant work’

Performance

  • in line with legislation members of staff are not allowed to work until their Garda vetting is completed
  • national data not published

OPEN DISCLOSURE TRAINING

Introduction

Open Disclosure is an open and consistent approach to communicating with patients and their families when things go wrong in healthcare. This includes expressing regret for what has happened, keeping the patient informed, providing feedback on investigations and the steps taken to prevent a recurrence of the adverse event. Open Disclosure is important for building patient and public trust in the health system. This is supported by relevant legislation,

  • The Civil Liability (Amendment) Act, 2017, provides the legal framework to support voluntary open disclosure.
  • Draft Patient Safety Legislation is awaited. This legislation which will provide a legal framework for mandatory open disclosure

The HSE Open Disclosure Policy, 2019 also provides a framework for open disclosure in the health service.

Rationale for measurement

It is government policy that open disclosure is in place and is supported across the health system in line with relevant legislation and HSE Policy. Training is provided in the form of

a) briefing sessions face to face or via online module on HSE land

b) skills workshops

c) bespoke MPS/RCSI HG Training

Measurement methodology and data source

Quarterly local data extracts, extrapolated for analysis and publication

Numerator: Number of relevant staff trained (Expressed as %)

Denominator:  Total number of relevant staff (Expressed as %)

Target

100% of relevant staff have completed either a briefing session or a skills workshop in Open Disclosure

Performance

  • RCSI HG hospitals are not achieving the target of 100% 
  • national dataset not published for comparative purposes 

 

EARLY WARNING SCORE

Rational for measurement

National Early Warning System (NEWS), Irish Maternity Early Warning System (IMEWS), Paediatric Early Warning System (PEWS).

Introduction

Acute physiological deterioration is a time-crucial medical emergency. Failure to detect and treat patient deterioration in a judicious manner poses a threat to patient safety. Early recognition of clinical deterioration by regular measurement and documentation of physiological parameters, followed by prompt and effective action, can minimise the occurrence of adverse events such as cardiac arrest.

Measurement methodology and data sources

The following guidelines guide clinical practice (NEWS, PEWS, IMEWS)

  • In September 2020 the Irish National Early Warning System Clinical Care Guideline was revised and updated to INEWS V2 (previously NEWS). This National Clinical Guideline is relevant to all healthcare professionals working in acute settings. This guideline applies to adult (≥ 16 years) non-pregnant patients in acute settings
  • Clinical Practice Guideline – Irish Maternity Early Warning System (IMEWS) should be used for women who are clinically pregnant or who were delivered within the previous 42 days
  • The Paediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) should be used for patients < 16 years of age

These guidelines endorse the concept that facilitates the timely assessment of, and response to, the deterioration of acutely ill patients by:

  • Classifying the severity of a patient’s illness
  • Providing prompts and structured communications tools to escalate care
  • Following a definitive escalation plan
  • Providing a clear, structured response model

The above tools utilised by trained staff lead to a reduction in instances of unanticipated admission and/or readmission to ICU and in instances of unanticipated cardiac arrest.

Target

100% of Medical, Nursing & Midwifery professionals trained in the appropriate tool/tools depending on work speciality. Staff may require training on multiple tools depending on the patients they care. Training is a once off for each tool.

  • compliance measuring staff trained on INEWS since its introduction in Sept 2020. Staff would have previously been trained in NEWS
  • RCSI HG hospitals are not achieving the target of 100%, with the exception of Nursing in Drogheda/LCH

  • Drogheda Hospital achieving target of 100% for both Medical and Midwifery staff
  • Cavan Hospital achieving target of 100% for Midwifery staff. Cavan Hospital not achieving target of 100% for Medical staff
  • Rotunda Hospital is not achieving target of 100% for Medical or Midwifery staff

  • Cavan and Drogheda Hospitals are achieving target of 100%
  • national data currently not published

 

CHILDREN FIRST TRAINING COMPLIANCE

Rationale for measurement

The Children First Act 2015 puts elements of the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011,) on a statutory footing and places a wide range of responsibilities on HSE and its funded services. All staff are required to complete the E-Learning Module on “An Introduction to Children First”.

Measurement methodology and data source

Local data extracts from HSELand submitted monthly and extrapolated for analysis and publication.

Numerator

Monthly total number of staff trained (who have completed online Children First Training in the last three years).

Denominator

Monthly Headcount (Average paid headcount on the first and last day of the month).

Target

100% compliance 

Performance

  • national data not available

 

STANDARD PRECAUTIONS AND HAND HYGIENE TRAINING COMPLIANCE

Rationale for measurement

Standard Precautions are the minimum infection prevention practices that apply to all patient care, regardless of suspected or confirmed infection status of the patient, in any setting where health care is delivered. These practices are designed to both protect healthcare workers and prevent healthcare workers from spreading infections among patients.

Measurement methodology and data source

Local data extracts from HSELand submitted monthly and extrapolated for analysis and publication.

Numerator

Monthly total number of staff trained (who have completed Standard Precautions and Hand Hygiene Training in the last year).

Denominator

Monthly Headcount (Average paid headcount on the first and last day of the month).

Target

100% compliance 

Performance

  • national data not available

 

MANUAL AND PATIENT HANDLING TRAINING COMPLIANCE

Rationale for measurement

It is the policy of the RCSI Hospital Group to reduce, so far as is reasonably practicable, the risks associated with manual handling and people handling activities. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Applications) Regulations 2007 Act requires that training and instruction be provided to relevant staff. The theory component requires completion of the online training course.

Measurement methodology and data source

Local data extracts submitted monthly and extrapolated for analysis and publication.

Numerator

Monthly total number of staff trained (who have completed (practical & theory) Manual / Patient Handling Training in the last three years).

Denominator

Monthly Headcount (Average paid headcount on the first and last day of the month).

Target

100% compliance 

Performance

  • Covid-19 restrictions has resulted in challenges with classroom-based training for practical elements
  • national data not available

 

FIRE SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING COMPLIANCE

Rationale for measurement

It is the policy of the RCSI Hospital Group to reduce, so far as is reasonably practicable, the risks associated with Fire. The Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 states that employers must ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, that sufficient information, training and supervision is provided to ensure the safety of employees.

Measurement methodology and data source

Local data extracts from HSELand submitted monthly and extrapolated for analysis and publication.

Numerator

Monthly total number of staff trained (who have completed the online component of Fire Awareness Training in the last year).

Denominator

Monthly Headcount (Average paid headcount on the first and last day of the month).

Target

100% compliance. This target comprises of an online and practical element to the training. Compliance figures below relate currently to the online element only. 

Performance

  • national data not available

 

GDPR AWARENESS TRAINING COMPLIANCE

Rationale for measurement

The Data Protection Act 2018 states that all employees must comply with GDPR legislation including awareness training. All hospitals are legally required to comply with this legislation.

Measurement methodology and data source

Local data extracts submitted monthly and extrapolated for analysis and publication.

Numerator

Monthly total number of staff trained.

Denominator

Monthly Headcount (Average paid headcount on the first and last day of the month).

Target

100% compliance 

Performance

  • national data not available

 

SEPSIS TRAINING 

Background 

Sepsis is a common and time-dependent medical emergency. It can affect a person of any age and from any social background. While it may occur more frequently in people with certain underlying medical conditions, it can also occur in healthy individuals. In 2016, the number of deaths amongst in-patients with a diagnosis of sepsis within Irish hospitals was 2,735. Sepsis is responsible for 37,000 deaths annually in the UK. 

Internationally, approaches to optimal sepsis management, which are based on early recognition of sepsis with timely intervention within the first hour, have reported reductions in mortality from severe sepsis/septic shock in the order of 20-30%. 

Rationale for measurement 

In 2014 the HSE introduced the National No 6 Sepsis Clinical Guideline. This guideline endorses the concept of ‘Sepsis Six’ – a set of six tasks (including administration of oxygen, blood cultures, administration of antibiotics and intravenous fluids, lactate measurement and monitoring of urine output) to be completed within one hour by practitioners at the front line. In conjunction with this, the HSE have an on-line e–learning Sepsis module available as a teaching module for non-Obstetrics & Gynaecology clinical staff. 

Sepsis Training modules specifically aimed at maternal sepsis recognition and treatment are available by completion of an accredited Maternity Sepsis Training module such as PROMPT – PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training Maternity Sepsis Training. 

Methodology 

Monthly report from individual hospitals on the number and category of clinical staff who have completed: 

  • Sepsis e-learning module (non-Obstetrics & Gynaecology staff) 
  • PROMPT (or equivalent accredited Obstetrics & Gynaecology Sepsis Module, e.g. Rotunda Hospital Obstetric Emergency Training, RHOET) 

Target 

  • 95% compliance 

Performance

  • national data not published 

 

COMPETENCY TRAINING 

The delivery of safe, evidence-based care in maternity services ultimately depends on the competency of clinical staff. Consequently the RSCI Hospital Group will be measuring attendance rates at training in two key areas cardiotocography and neonatal resuscitation. 

CARDIOTOCOGRAPHY (CTG) TRAINING

Rationale for measurement 

CTG is a technical means of recording the fetal heartbeat and the uterine contractions during pregnancy. CTG monitoring is used to assess fetal wellbeing and allows early detection of fetal distress. The inappropriate use or interpretation of fetal surveillance can contribute to adverse obstetric outcomes therefore accurate interpretation of the CTG is a core skill for all staff providing antenatal and intrapartum care. 

Measurement methodology and data sources 

Local data extracts submitted monthly and extrapolated for analysis and publication. 

Numerator: No of staff trained (Expressed as %) 

Denominator: No of staff eligible for training (Expressed as %) 

Target 

100% of relevant clinical staff are up to date with CTG training within the 2 year period. 

Performance 

Performance data for Q1 2022 reporting period (data provided quarterly):

*RCSI HG Hospitals are not achieving the target of 100%.

 

RESUSCITATION TRAINING

The Neonatal Resuscitation Programme® (NRP®) was developed by the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The course conveys an evidence-based approach to care of the newborn at birth and facilitates effective team-based care for healthcare professionals who care for newborns at the time of delivery. 

Rationale for measurement 

Over 90% of babies born make the transition from life in the womb to life outside the womb at delivery, perfectly smoothly. A small percentage will require assistance. The NRP is intended to optimise the skills of staff in caring for these babies. 

Measurement methodology and data sources 

Local data extracts submitted monthly and extrapolated for analysis and publication. 

Target 

100% of relevant clinical staff are up to date with NRP certification (or UK equivalent) within the 2 year period. 

Performance 

Performance data for Q1 2022 reporting period (data provided quarterly):

* Cavan Hospital is achieving the target of 100%. Drogheda and Rotunda Hospitals are not achieving the target of 100%.

  • Access to NRP American Heart Association Training Programme is currently undergoing an updating process and is not available