During a visit to Llandudno Hospital, the Minister welcomed the development of the Mouth Care Bundle, which has been developed as a result of the findings from the 2009/10 All Wales Fundamentals of Care audit tool report.
Although the 2010 audit showed there had been improvements to standards across Wales, the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales established a multi-disciplinary working group to address the outstanding issues, and this resulted in the development of the All Wales Mouth Care Bundle.
The mouth care bundle is based on best practice and will ensure every patient in NHS Wales will receive the highest standard of mouth care and advice.
It consists of a Patient Assessment Tool, a Resource Sheet, a Daily Monitoring Tool and a Care Plan. An e-learning tool is being developed to support the bundle, which will be used not only by existing staff but will be used as part of the undergraduate programmes.
The bundle has been developed by a multidisciplinary team including community and hospital dentists.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said:
“The Mouth Care Bundle is an excellent example of policy being led by staff and practitioners on the front line.
“It shows the importance of the All Wales Fundamentals of Care audit tool, which celebrates good practice, but also highlights areas needing improvement.
“Patients who need to spend time in care settings can be assured they are receiving holistic care.”
The Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Jean White said:
“The All Wales Fundamentals of Care audit tool is invaluable in identifying areas we can improve to better the patient experience. We will continue to analyse the results of the annual audit to ensure the care we deliver is amongst the best in the world.”