Pathway to Excellence

Nottingham Children’s Hospital is recognised nationally and internationally for our standards of care excellence. We produce research that has the potential to change clinical practice around the UK and across the world, and we’re leading the way in a number of new innovations to further improve clinical practice and patient and staff experience.

As you may be aware, NUH is on a journey to Magnet® accreditation. This accreditation is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest certification body for advanced practice registered nurses in the US, and is an international marker for care excellence. Magnet® accreditation looks at the scientific application of nursing care, and, in turn, the impact of care excellence on patient outcomes.

We’re on this journey to Magnet® accreditation because we believe that we already have exceptionally high standards of patient care and clinical practice. This is evidenced through our recent CQC ‘outstanding’ rating for caring.

Alongside Magnet®, the ANCC offer an equally prestigious accreditation, called Pathway to Excellence. The Pathway to Excellence programme differs from Magnet® in that it is interested in the experience of working at NUH, and specifically within our Children’s Hospital. This journey is supported by Nottingham Hospitals Charity. 

If we are successfully accredited, this achievement will be of national significance. We will be the first Children’s Hospital in the UK and in Europe to hold this accreditation. Indeed if we are also successful in our Magnet® accreditation bid, we will be the first hospital outside of America to have dual accreditation. This is a hugely significant time for us, and will more than consolidate NUH’s position on the map, nationally and internationally.

How does the accrediting process work?

The Pathway to Excellence programme is interested in the experiences and practices of our staff. A twenty question survey will be issued to every Registered Nurse working in our Children’s Hospital, with the questions focussing around six standards that assess various aspects of nursing practice. While accreditation will apply to the Children’s Hospital as a whole, the ANCC has clear guidelines about who will be involved in the surveying process. The survey will only be issued to Registered Nurses, as this registration aligns with the ANCC’s definition of nursing.

Successful accreditation is dependent upon us reaching a completion target, and the results showing agreement with best-practice care excellence.

We appreciate the vital part that all members of the Children’s Hospital play in providing outstanding care for our patients and their families. We are very clear that successful accreditation reflects the efforts of every individual involved in patient care and experience, regardless of your role or registration status. We’re currently in the process of introducing a new recognition scheme – the TULIP (Touching Unique Lives in Practice) badge – which will better recognise the contribution of colleagues across NUH who directly and indirectly provide outstanding care to our patients, their families and carers. You will soon see nomination forms on our wards and in departments, giving patients the opportunity to thank support staff working in all roles.

What are the accreditation process timeframes?

Our Pathway to Excellence team will be carrying out our test survey in the next two to three weeks, to help us understand how RNs may respond to the survey questions, prior to our accreditation survey being issued.

We are currently collating evidence of excellence against the accreditation six standards: shared decision making, leadership, safety, quality, wellbeing and professional development. We will be submitting this evidence to the ANCC in February 2020.

We will be expecting our survey to be issued in the following months post-submission, with accreditation to follow in spring/summer 2020 if we are successful.

What are the benefits of the Pathway to Excellence accreditation for me?

We know that our Children’s Hospital richly deserves this accreditation.

Successful accreditation will give us an international platform to showcase the exceptional innovation and research happening in our area.

We know that staffing remains a challenge that you face on a daily basis. It is no secret that there are significant vacancies, particularly in nursing, that affect the NHS. And while we are doing what we can to attract and retain skilled staff, we are not immune from these national staffing challenges.
By achieving this accreditation, we will position ourselves as a destination of choice, both in the UK and globally. We will be able to clearly evidence that we are a forward-thinking and ambitious Children’s Hospital, bringing our profile in-line with some of the most recognisable institutions in the UK.

At an individual level, successfully achieving this accreditation will benefit each and every member of our Children’s Hospital team. You will be working at an internationally-accredited Children’s Hospital, opening up further opportunities for your future career progression and ongoing development.

Shared Governance

We support a Shared Governance approach at Nottingham Children's Hospital. 

The Shared Governance model of leadership encourages personal and professional development whilst focussing on improving patient safety, patient experience and staff experience.

Nottingham Children's Hospital is proud to have the following Councils:

  • PCCU
  • Surgical 
  • Neonatal
  • CAU/E37

You can read more about Shared Governance at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust here.

Any questions?

2020 will be an exciting year as we pursue Pathway to Excellence accreditation, Magnet® accreditation, and as we celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. I really look forward to celebrating with you in the months to come.

If you have any questions about our Pathway to Excellence journey, or you’d like further information or advice, please do get in touch. Email pathwaytoexcellence@nuh.nhs.uk to contact our Pathway to Excellence Team.