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Tuesday 27 July 2021
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NHS England Chief Executive visits Salford Royal 2014

NHS England Chief Executive visits Salford Royal

Salford Royal welcomed the new Chief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens to the Trust to hear about patient safety, innovation and integration.


Mr Stevens was welcomed to the Trust on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, by Chief Executive Sir David Dalton, Chairman Jim Potter and Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Nursing Elaine Inglesby-Burke. He visited the urology ward and Emergency Village within Salford Royal’s Hope Building.


Salford Royal, which aims to be the safest organisation within the NHS, recently emerged as the top Acute Trust nationally for both patient and staff satisfaction. It also has one of the most advanced Electronic Patient Records in the country. Mr Stevens heard about Salford's unique, 12-year history of shared patient records between the hospital and the community, which enables Salford Royal clinicians to view primary care records and local GPs to view hospital records, providing safer and more seamless care for patients.  


Clinicians also explained about Salford Royal's innovative and pioneering approach to the care of the elderly. This includes the creation of Salford Care Homes Practice, a large GP practice providing primary care into every care and nursing home in the city, and the formation of a bespoke area for frail, elderly patients within the Trust's Emergency Admissions Unit. Staff on the unit work with a range of internal and external colleagues, including social workers and local GPs, to ensure these patients receive the care they need and can be discharged with the appropriate follow up care within the community.


Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive at Salford Royal, said: "It was a privilege to be able to showcase examples of Salford Royal working with colleagues within primary care, with the aid of advanced technology, to provide better, safer care for our patients. Within our Emergency Village, we explained how A&E staff can directly book GP appointments for those patients who come to A&E with minor illnesses or injuries. Integration and partnership working between different parts of the NHS was a real theme of our visit by Mr Stevens."