Improving the compliance of the MUST tool at Poole Hospital

ContactColin Rickett, Charge Nurse and Dementia Champion, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
AddressPoole Hospital, Longfleet Rd, Poole, Dorset, BH15 2JB

What is being done?

The completion of all patient assessments including the MUST tool has been implemented through the Cerner Millenium IT system.

This is in its infancy but clinical staff on the wards were observed to be very positive about how it is improving both the quality of the patient assessments as well as ensuring that the assessments are undertaken as it is not possible to progress the patients care plan electronically without completing the required assessments first.

What is new and different?

An electronic approach to ensuring that assessment with the MUST tool is undertaken.

What difference this seems to be making

Early reporting on the Millennium system identified 100% compliance of the MUST tool.

Plans for taking the project forward

The approach is being rolled out across Poole Hospital NHS Trust.