Following the publication in February of the Francis report, Nursing Times rounded up the top five policy recommendations from the report that will affect you as a nurse
- HCA regulation proposed - Healthcare support workers should be subject to regulation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in one of 290 recommendations from the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry.
- RCN should consider seperating its role as a trade union and professional organisation. Robert Francis QC has described the Royal College of Nursing as “ineffective”.
- All NHS staff should be open and honest when mistakes happen. The Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry report has recommended there should be a series of new laws requiring all NHS staff and directors to be open and honest when mistakes happen.
- The Care Quality Commission should not just deal with quality. It should take on responsibility for “corporate governance” and “financial competence” aswell, Robert Francis QC has recommended.
- NHS Directors to be subject to ‘fit and proper person test’. Directors of NHS providers should be subject to a new fit and proper person test, Robert Francis QC has recommended. However, he has not called for regulation of all NHS managers.