Seamless Surgery

The Seamless Surgery Programme at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals aims to create best practice, truly patient centred experience of elective surgery where the referral to recovery process for every patient is seamless.

It is a programme of work across the Elective Surgical Pathway, designed to improve the patient experience, engage staff and teams and make the best use of resources. Working together to make improvements both inside the operating theatre and throughout other parts of the Elective Pathway. 

There are 13 Principles of Seamless Surgery that have been shared with each speciality to form the basis of an action plan.  

The principles are based on best practice and evidence both nationally and within STH, and can be used as a starting point to make improvements across the surgical pathway. Teams have developed a more specific and meaningful action plan of how they will adopt these principles, using defined metrics to check any changes are having a positive impact. All staff are encouraged to find out about the action plan in their area.

 

Awards

  • E-PAQ PO- Winner of the Using Technology to Improve Efficiency Award at the at the Innovation, Improvement and Impact Conference and Awards 2017 hosted by the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.
  • Seamless Surgery Programme: Highly Commended in the category of Improving Care through Innovation or Improvement at the at the Innovation, Improvement and Impact Conference and Awards 2017 hosted by the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.
  • Seamless Surgery Programme: Shortlisted in the category of Improving the Value of Surgical Services at the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards May 2017.

Further Information

  • Find out about some of the improvements that have already been made by visiting our Stories page.
  • Issue 1 of the Seamless Surgery Newsletter can be found here.

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