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Case studies for The Productive Ward

The Productive Ward case studies show how NHS organisations have implemented the programme and the benefits it has created for their staff and patients.  The inspirational stories below provide a valuable insight into how teams have used tools and techniques from the programme to deliver real improvements in patient care, efficiency and productivity.

The Productive Ward and cleaning
This film demonstrates how Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has implemented The Productive Ward in their cleaning functions.



Importance of executive involvement
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust discusses how important executive support has been in effectively implementing The Productive Ward.

The Productive Ward and Human Resources

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has implemented The Productive Ward in their Human Resources department.  This film demonstrates the approach the team took and the modules they used to help them become more productive and efficient in the way they work.

Improving staff satisfaction and leadership skills

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has used The Productive Ward in both mental health and acute secondary care settings.  This film shows how the programme has helped develop leadership within teams and improve staff satisfaction.

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Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - New initiative kick starts The Productive Ward

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Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust came up with an innovative idea for helping clinical staff to return from long-term sickness absence.  The Trust invites clinical staff who are in the recovery phase of long-term sickness to take up the role of Productive Ward Facilitators.

Barnsley case study FINAL.pdf Download Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - New initiative kick starts The Productive Ward case study.pdf (182.50 KB) 

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - The Productive Ward: A patient's story

A patients story Rob Marchment, a former patient at Papworth Hospital NHS  Foundation Trust, provides an insight into his experience of being cared for on a Productive Ward.
A patients story A patient's story (573.00 KB) 


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Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust - Drowning in service improvement initiatives

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust case studyThe Productive Ward is described by Portsmouth Hospitals as an "enabler" to help it achieve an improved patient experience and greater efficiencies across the service. The programme has contributed to the trust's reductions in length of stay and helped teams to reinvest direct care time in conducting nurse assessments. The Trust has also "bundled together" the programme with relevant components from other improvements programmes.
Portsmouth case study final Portsmouth final case study (7 MB)

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust - An inspirational and evolving story

Airedale case studyThe Productive Ward has helped Airedale NHS Foundation Trust achieve significant improvements in productivity and efficiency, which they have been able to reinvest back into achieving greater quality and further efficiency.  Their achievements include better control of infection rates and reductions in medical errors. 
Airedale final case study.pdf Airedale final case study (8.01 MB)


Issue 1: The Productive Ward and Paediatrics – Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital
Case study ISSUE 1Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital first implemented The Productive Ward on it’s Paediatrics unit.  The programme helped the unit to increase the direct care time it delivered to patients and their families from 21% to 35%, as well as significantly reducing time staff spent in motion from 100 minutes per shift to just 20 minutes. 

Download the first issue of The Productive Times (The Productive Times 345.56 KB) for Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital.

Issue 2: The Productive Ward and Maternity – Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

The Productive Times - KingstoneThe Postnatal ward in the maternity unit at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust used The Productive Ward to reduce staff interruptions by 50% per shift.  It helped the team to improve the layout of it’s ward environment and the quality of information it made available to mothers, to enable them to be more independent during their stay. 

Download the second issue of The Productive Times (The Productive Times 603.41 KB) for Kingston Hospital NHS Trust.

Issue 3: The Productive Ward and Maternity – Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust

Issue 3 of The Productive TimesWalsall Hospitals NHS Trust implemented The Productive Ward on its antenatal wards, which led to service improvements that benefitted both its mothers and staff.  By redesigning their ward rounds they have been able to release four out of five of their doctors from daily catch-ups. 

Download the second issue of  The Productive Times     (The Productive Times 462.62 KB) for Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust.

If you have implemented The Productive Ward in a specialist department and would like to share your story, please email us.