In April, the Nursing and Care Quality Forum met with Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to discuss thier work plan.
The independent Forum agreed to identify and support the spread and adoption of best practice across four areas:
- how to promote and achieve accountable and empowered nurse leadership across the system
- how to make sure that the right culture and the right values that put patients first prevails at all times
- how best to involve, listen to, hear and respond to feedback from patients and staff
- how to make sure that those providing care have the time to do so properly.
Across all four of these themes, the Forum is considering the knowledge, skills and educational needs of staff providing nursing and care to people. It is also considering how these themes apply in all care settings.
The Forum is Chaired by Sally Brearley and is made up of a range of expert voices, including front-line nurses working in hospitals and the community, patient representatives and members of professional bodies and voluntary sector organisations.
The Forum’s Chair, Sally Brearley, said:
‘We want best practice to be common practice. The Forum’s mission is to identify and spread best practice to help all nurses deliver compassionate, dignified, respectful and safe care. We want nurses to feel confident and proud to give top quality care to those who need it.’
When he established the Forum, Prime Minister David Cameron said:
‘Nurses are some of the most caring, compassionate people in the country and I want to do everything possible to allow them to do a fantastic job.
‘That means learning from the best – and helping everyone to match those great standards. That’s why I’ve asked the Nursing and Care Quality Forum to scour the country, find out what works best and share it across the NHS.
‘We’ve seen how innovative changes to nursing can increase patient trust and confidence in their care. These are the kind of ideas we need to explore if we are to change the way nursing works and restore a sense of pride in the profession.’
If you would like to feed in your views on any of the above four themes to the Forum, you can contact it by email at firstname.lastname@example.org