Brilliant Basics

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Brilliant Basics is about providing the right care, first time, every time and is made up of a series of work streams that will help us improve our standards of care. 

As a Trust we have come up with a set of Brilliant Basics which we want every clinical team across BEH to adopt and to work on. We have also asked that teams come up with their own additional Brilliant Basics which they can bring to life in their team or on their ward. And below we set out why Brilliant Basics isn't just for clinical colleagues too.

Teams may well ask themselves:

  • Are we providing safe care?
  • Are we being kind, compassionate and respectful to patients as well as colleagues?
  • Are we sharing good practice?
  • Do we know how to raise concerns and report incidents?

 Amanda Pithouse, our Chief Nursing Officer, says:

“Brilliant Basics is about getting the basics right so that we have a solid base on which we can deliver outstanding care.

“It’s not just for clinical staff. It’s for all staff in all areas of the organisation. Whatever their role, all our staff play a very important part in ensuring we deliver the best care for our patients and families.

“There is always room for improvement and Brilliant Basics help to focus our minds on asking the right questions, and setting a standard that we can consistently meet. If we all deliver Brilliant Basics we will be able to provide consistently good care for our patients, and ensure that BEH is a fantastic place to work for our colleagues.”

Through discussion with our staff we have developed 10 Brilliant Basics for patient care at BEH which are reviewed and refreshed each year:

  • Care planning and risk assessments
  • Mental Health Act assessments
  • Patient safety
  • Physical health
  • Retention and recruitment
  • Rights and capacity assessments
  • Safe and therapeutic environments
  • Staff wellbeing
  • Timely and accurate data