Program to increase time spent on direct patient care is gaining momentum in Saskatchewan

    SASKATOON, April 6 /CNW/ - Representatives from Saskatchewan health
regions and health care organizations will gather in Saskatoon tomorrow to
learn more about a British program that can double the amount of time
caregivers have to spend with patients. Health care leaders from British
Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario are also attending tomorrow's
workshop, entitled From Manchester to Moose Jaw: Releasing Time to Care in
Saskatchewan, to learn more about how the program is being implemented in this
    Leading the workshop will be Lizzie Cunningham, Clinical Facilitator for
the National Health Service's Institute for Innovation and Improvement; she
will talk about the effect the program has had on the quality of patient care,
hospital-based infection rates, and on staff morale and retention in wards in
Britain. Workshop participants will also hear how things are going in two
Saskatchewan hospital units that are pilot-testing the program: Pasqua
Hospital's Oncology Ward (Regina), and the medicine unit at Moose Jaw Union
    In Britain, where Releasing Time to Care(C) (RTC) was created, the
program doubled the amount of time nurses spend on patient care, reduced
handover time by one third, and reduced medicine round time by 63%. The pilot
sites in Moose Jaw and Regina began implementing the RTC modules in late 2008
and they are starting to see the results of their efforts. The Well Organized
Ward module, for example, has reduced the amount of time nurses in the pilot
sites spend hunting for supplies.
    Staff at the Regina site have noticed the changes on their ward. Karen
Freiheit, a registered nurse, says, "I am amazed at how easy it is to find
things on the unit. I've been away for a week and I didn't have to search for
anything on my first shift back."
    Wards interested in participating in the next phase of Releasing Time to
Care will submit an application to the Health Quality Council (HQC). Twelve
more acute care hospital units in Saskatchewan will be selected by HQC this
summer and the wards will begin implementing Releasing Time to Care(C) in
September 2009. In early 2010 the program will be available to other wards
across the province; it is ideally suited to acute care facilities with 80-100
    In September, 2008 a contingent from Saskatchewan (representatives from
the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses,
Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, three health regions,
the Ministry of Health and the Health Quality Council) observed Releasing Time
to Care(C) in action and were impressed by what they saw. The Health Quality
Council is leading the rollout of Releasing Time to Care(C) in our province
with funding it received from the Ministry of Health in March 2008 for
initiatives to accelerate improvement in Saskatchewan's health care system.

    The workshop (please see attached agenda) is being held in Salons C and D
on Tuesday, April 7; 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. and Salons A and B on Wednesday, April
8; 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. at TCU Place, 35-22nd Street East in Saskatoon.
Media are welcome to attend.

             Releasing Time to Care(C): An Introductory Workshop
    Tuesday April 7, 2009                               TCU Place, Saskatoon
    1:30 pm            Opening remarks by the Honourable Don McMorris,
                       Minister of Health
    1:35-2:00 pm       From Manchester to Moose Jaw: RTC's Journey to

                       -  Bonnie Brossart, Health Quality Council CEO and
                          Lizzie Cunningham, NHS Institute for Innovation and

                       We will answer the questions: Why Releasing Time to
                       Care(C)? Why now?
    2:00-3:15 pm       Lessons From Across the Pond

                       -  Lizzie Cunningham, Clinical Facilitator, NHS
                          Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

                       The successes and challenges of implementing the RTC
                       program in the UK.
    3:15-3:30 pm       Break
    3:30-4:30 pm       Seeing is Believing

                       -  Panel presentation: Chris Bailey, Executive
                          Director, Saskatchewan Association of Licensed
                          Practical Nurses; Donna Brunskil , Executive
                          Director, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses
                          Association; Lynn Digney Davis, Chief Nursing
                          Officer, Ministry of Health; and, Rosalee
                          Longmoore, President, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses.

                       Nurse leaders from Saskatchewan who saw RTC in action
                       in the UK will share their thoughts and answer your
                       questions about RTC's potential in our province.
    4:30-5:00 pm       One Size Does Not Fit All

                       -  Lizzie Cunningham, NHS Institute for Innovation and
                          Improvement and Kyla Avis, RTC Provincial

                       An introduction to the Productive Community Hospital
                       and other Productive Series programs.

    Wednesday April 8, 2009                            TCU Place, Saskatoon
    8:30-9:30 am       Test Drive

                       -  Lizzie Cunningham, Clinical Facilitator, NHS
                          Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

                       A closer look at how to run a module on your unit.
    9:30-10:30 am      Breaking New Ground

                       -  Panel presentation: Susan Jackiw, Manager 3B Pasqua
                          Hospital; Dr. Joy Dobson, Senior Medical Officer,
                          Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region; Carolyn Bremner,
                          Director of Medicine, Five Hills Health Region;
                          and, Betty Switzer RN, Kathy Dorais LPN, and David
                          Winter, RN from the medicine unit at Moose Jaw
                          Union hospital.

                       Lessons from Saskatchewan pilot sites. Hear the
                       experiences of staff, managers, and leaders who have
                       been working on RTC implementation here at home.
    10:30-10:45 am     Break
    10:45-11:45 am     Ready, Set, Go!

                       -  Kyla Avis, Provincial Project Lead.

                       How to become a context test site.
    11:45-1:00 pm      Lunch: Wrap-up and opportunity to talk to Lizzie
                       Cunningham and Saskatchewan Implementation teams.

For further information:

For further information: Sheila Ragush, Communications Consultant, Tel:
(306) 668-8810, ext. 113, Cell: (306) 220-5075, Email:

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