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Top nurse academic joins new charity with mission to improve care

A leading nurse researcher has been appointed to the board of a charity aiming to transform the experience of UK health and care services for patients and staff.

The Point of Care Foundation was founded in April, after previously being part of the King’s Fund, a health policy think-tank.  

Its overall aim is to expert provide information and evidence on what works to improve patient experience and staff engagement.

In particular it offers practical tools, such as multidisciplinary Schwartz rounds, to help improve the culture of health and care organisations.

The foundation has now announced the appointment of its board of trustees, who together will have responsibility for guiding the charity.

They include Professor Jill Maben, chair in nursing research at King’s College London and director of the National Nursing Research Unit, and Robert Francis QC, former chair of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.

They are joined on the board by Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust medical director Sean Elyan, King’s Fund director of communications and information Rebecca Gray and patient advocate Ceinwen Giles.

The board will be chaired by Sir Adrian Montague, chair of the private equity firm 3i plc and Anglian Water.

Professor Maben said she was “honoured and delighted” to be appointed as trustee of the Point of Care Foundation.

“I look forward to working with colleagues on the board to make a difference by supporting staff and enhancing patient experiences of care in our healthcare system,” she said.

Professor Maben noted that her own research work at the NNRU “strongly suggests links” between staff experiences at work and patient experiences of care.

“I know this is an important strand of the work at the foundation to which I lend my whole hearted support,” she added.

The foundation was awarded a £650,000 grant by the Department of Health earlier this year to expand its programme of work in the NHS in England.

It is currently working with 24 NHS trusts and eight independent hospices. Within two years, it hopes to be working with at least 55 trusts.

The foundation has also been awarded a grant from Macmillan Cancer Support to promote Schwartz Center Rounds in their services.

Schwartz rounds were developed by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, in Boston, and have been implemented in more than 320 sites in that country.

They are structured, monthly one-hour forums for staff from all disciplines to discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. Their purpose is to explore the human aspects of delivering care and the challenges that staff face.

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