New initiative sees more visual care plans for patients

Patients will now have a more visual picture of their care thanks to a new initiative called ‘My health plan for today’ that is popping up on patient walls across CALHN sites.

Designed as a visual engagement tool for patients, staff and their families, the My health plan for today boards have been introduced at certain wards across the Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre to help involve patients in their care.

Rebecca Badcock, Executive Director, Nursing and Patient Experience says “patients want to be engaged in their own care and evidence shows that when they are involved, decisions are better and their health and health outcomes improve.”

The My health plan for today boards are a great tool for our staff to actively engage their patients and their families and record their goals of care, how they will achieve the goals and what their discharge plan is.

“The boards are also a visual reminder of scheduled scans and tests and discharge information, including expected date of discharge.

“Importantly the boards have space for the healthcare team members to write their names, and also provide patients and their families with space to write down any questions they may have or record in important things such as when visitors are coming in,” Ms Badcock said.

The My health plan for today has been developed following consultation with a range of consumers and clinical staff, with a version created specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers.

By partnering with patients and their families in the planning, communication and setting of goals, Central Adelaide is continuing to provide world-class care.

The My health plan for today initiative links with the Partnering with Consumers is the second National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard.