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Ward Accreditation for Quality

Wed, 31 Jan 2024

Virtual, Online

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This conference focuses on developing systems and processes for locally driven ward and unit accreditation for quality. These approaches can be used as a tool to encouraging ownership of continuous quality improvement at ward, unit or service level, reduce variation and increase staff pride and team working within their practise. Through practical case studies of organisations that have successfully introduced locally driven ward and unit accreditation systems the conference will provide practical guide to implementing systems, and improving staff engagement in driving forwards improvement for the benefit of patients, service users and communities.

“As more NHS trusts devise their ward accreditation programmes the impact on Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings will be of interest to determine whether there is a correlation between having an accreditation programme and the quality of care delivered to patients.. The CQC (2021) has launched a new strategy, promising to move away from the traditional burdensome inspection model to a continuous cycle of monitoring using tools such as accreditation to inform their measurements. The strategy makes a commitment to publish new information about quality, use a clear definition of quality and define safety. What is the driver behind ward accreditation? Is it to motivate improvement or is it to provide assurance or can it, in fact, be both?”

Does quality matter to you? Ward accreditation and improving patient care, British Journal of Nursing February 2022 M Hope

“I have seen excellent ward accreditation models across the country. Where these have greatest impact, they are embedded in a culture of strong frontline leadership, positive engagement and staff support. The introduction of accreditation has in many areas served truly to empower frontline nurses and midwives – to develop and improve practice, to influence policy and to shape professional strategy … I strongly support this approach.”

Ruth May Chief Nursing Officer for England 

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve quality through locally driven ward and unit accreditation

  • Learn from outstanding practice in ward and unit accreditation

  • Ensuring confidence in your ward accreditation system and learning from others that have successfully developed programmes

  • Reflect on national developments and learning including the challenges of Covid-19

  • Improve the selection and use of quality metrics and indicators

  • Develop your skills in empowering and supporting ward staff to meet the standards

  • Learn from the lived experience of a 'gold standard' service

  • Identify key strategies for aligning accreditation with regulatory inspections such as CQC Quality Ratings.

  • Development and use of organisational wide quality and safety dashboards

  • Understand how to use real time data to improve safety and drive forwards quality improvement

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Networking Group: Share your experiences and challenges as a Ward Manager/Sister, Charge Nurse or Senior Nurse and support each other by joining the Ward Manager Networking group

Speakers include:

Corinne Power

Head of Nursing – Transformation
Nursing & Midwifery directorate NHS England and NHS Improvement

Ms Michelle Hope

Deputy Chief Nurse
Quality Assurance
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Ms Michelle Drinkell

Lead Nurse - Projects
Ward Accreditation
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mrs Sarah Ward

Deputy Chief Nurse
Clinical Standards and Government
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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