"Protected Engagement Time" (PET) is an initiative aimed at enhancing the quantity and quality of patient-staff interactions, with wards closed to visitors and staff released from office duties.
This study aims to assess the impact of PET by comparing wards on which this model is currently implemented with otherwise similar local wards where it is not.
The study has two modules:
Module 1: In-depth comparison of 5 wards with PET and 5 wards without PET across 3 different trusts, Norfolk and Suffolk, Camden and Islington, and Brighton. This involves staff, patient and carer questionnaires, and ward observations.
Module 2: A qualitative investigation of 3 case study wards on which PET has been implemented, involving qualitative, audio recorded interviews with ward staff, patients and carers.