The Nursing and Care Quality Forum’s initial recommendations to the Prime Minister were published in May.
The Forum’s initial recommendations include:
- making sure nurses are recruited for their caring nature and compassion as well as their knowledge and skills
- reinforcing the need for leaders of organisations to ensure appropriate staffing levels and skills mix are in place, and for boards or equivalents to be held to account for this
- highlighting the importance of leaders being supernumerary for them to be fully accountable and have the time to lead
- a call for action to increase the number of staff who would be happy for their friends and family to be treated at the same place they work.
On 17 April the Forum met the Prime Minister, Secretary of State Andrew Lansley, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Anne Milton, to discuss the Forum’s mission statement and its initial areas of focus. At this meeting the Forum was asked to come back to Ministers with their initial advice and recommendations by the end of May. The Forum identified the issues they wanted to explore in this first phase of work and asked for views from people across a wide range of settings to help them to shape this advice.