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7 reasons why nurses should care about the upcoming Francis Report


As a nurse why should you be bothered about the upcoming Francis Report? Here’s seven reasons why

  1. Whether you’re on the ward, in the community or sitting in a director’s office, the Francis inquiry is likely to impact on how essential nursing care is delivered in your organisation. It is expected to discuss areas including: neglect of privacy and dignity, continence care, pressure area care, hygiene, nutrition and hydration, safety, record keeping and communication
  2. There will be much talk of how nurse education and training needs to change, for example whether students need to be taught “compassion” and how much continual professional development registered nurses need to carry out each year
  3. If you’re a health care assistant or you work with health care assistants, the report could recommend tighter rules on delegation and regulation
  4. Patients and relatives may want to talk with you about the findings of the Francis Report and seek reassurance about the standards of care they are receiving
  5. The Francis Report will question – are you capable of providing compassionate care?
  6. Next week there will be an onslaught of public and media criticism of nurses. As a nurse you will need to communicate nursing’s core values and work to win back public confidence
  7. This report is your opportunity to discuss your concerns about standards of care and how core patient centred values can be embedded into health services

Do you want to keep up to date with the latest from the Francis Report into the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust? Visit our tailored Francis Report channel with the latest rolling news and analysis


Readers' comments (97)

  • Anonymous | 4-Feb-2013 7:05 pm

    ignoring people is also bullying!

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  • Did you hear something?

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  • "The frightening truth: NHS managers are incentivised to ignore problems

    The culture of the NHS, and the incentives that make staff act against their better judgement, need to change if there is to be no repeat of the Mid Staffs scandal, argues Roger Taylor."

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  • Anonymous | 4-Feb-2013 6:04 pm

    Bully. True colours shown by yourself.

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  • Studelicious | 5-Feb-2013 3:25 am

    Touche, anonymous!

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  • Studelicious | 5-Feb-2013 3:25 am

    Anonymous | 4-Feb-2013 6:04 pm

    why don't you swap e-mail addresses and take your little vendetta there.

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  • Oh PULEASE _ yet another report that will change NOTHING. When I did my return to practise course in 2008, I had to read all the white papers produced over the ten years I had been out of the country nursing. What I noticed when I compared and contrasted them, was they basically repeated( in different words) what each of the others said.
    Reports are a dime a dozen....until nurses stand up and voice the reality of our nursing experience, it will NEVER change!

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  • "I had to read all the white papers produced over the ten years I had been out of the country nursing."

    wasn't that rather a wasted exercise. for my MSc Healthcare Management I just read the current one (Health of a Nation) and book on the history of the NHS which seemed fairly sufficient. As you say, the others are very repetitive, and actually say very little which refers to the realities of the NHS.

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  • michael stone

    Anonymous | 4-Feb-2013 11:30 am

    The problem with BCC, unless I'm mistaken, is that each BCC is unaware of any other BCCs.

    I tend to CC people in, because I want them to actually discuss things - so I want the RCN person to see that the e-mail also went to the BMA, Nat EoL Group, etc. I also like openness, as it happens.

    However, you are right that this can spread e-mail addresses: so it is best to use CC either 'within a group of friends' or else with publically-available addresses. If you are in a 'discussion group' and the recipient does not see who else actually got the e-mail, this can raise issues of 'who do I need to send the original to, when I'm replying to this one with a comment', if the e-mail raised something you wish to comment to a wider group than just the sender. on.

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  • DH Agent - as if ! | 5-Feb-2013 11:18 am

    Anonymous | 4-Feb-2013 11:30 am

    do you realise you could cause the collapse of the entire nhs it system?

    only joking and thanks for your response.

    it is a very neat 'cool' service but like all of these things not without risk and one's address is probably already on hundreds of these from businesses, etc. one just has to weight up the risks/benefits and hope. but I am sure the cc is very widely used which is probably also why one gets spam but by not opening these hopefully one can hopefully reduce the risks.

    I must say my friend's e-mail of apology and explanation did give me a scare but I will continue not to forward them on - spoil sport of not and continue to be careful who I e-mail.

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  • michael stone

    Anonymous | 5-Feb-2013 11:31 am

    I am not expert enough to understand the security threat you mentioned, but I send and receive emails from computers in public libraries, and my home computer isn’t online. Consequently, anything I take back home will be saved to a memory stick, usually as a Word file or PDF file, and the public computers tend to ‘wipe the public section’ after each user. I don’t have much ‘sensitive’ data on the library computers, therefore (but my yahoo email was hacked last summer, which is a seriously annoying experience !).

    My home computer is not online, so a virus couldn’t report home: the operating system is also partitioned from the data on the hard-drive, and I fairly regularly wipe out and restore the operating system section (using a disk-imaging program), so that would get rid of anything planted within Windows, which is where most viruses aim to get, I gather.

    Your point of ‘you need to think about CCs, BCCs, etc’, is in my opinion the lesson – the ability of email to link lots of people together, in various ways, is very powerful if you manage to ‘get it right’. I don’t think it is possible to always ‘get it spot on’ – it depends on the people who receive the e-mail, to an extent, and there are differing opinions about the best way to progress ‘a debate’, and differing opinions about ‘e-mail etiquette’.

    But I always prefer e-mail to any other method, for my ‘complex discussions’, precisely because you can re-read an e-mail, and also distribute it for analytical comment from other people: you can’t easily do that with letters, and you cannot do it at all with phone calls. Lots of NHS staff, seem to offer phone calls – but phone calls are useless for really complex things, involving lots of different people.

    Anonymous | 4-Feb-2013 10:25 pm

    I suppose that is the story on page 1 of the Daily telegraph today, which includes this:

    PERVERSE incentives at the heart of the NHS mean it is better for managers to quietly run hospitals into the ground rather than admit they are failing, according to an expert who helped uncover the Mid Staffs scandal.

    Roger Taylor, co-founder of the health information service Dr Foster, said chief executives of failing hospitals tended to cut costs, cross their fingers and "hope that no one notices" the decline in quality.
    The risk of this leading to them losing their job was "troublingly remote", he claimed. By contrast, he said overspending to maintain services was liable to get a chief executive sacked, as was admitting that a department had to be cut or downgraded.

    It was this rationale that led to patients at Stafford and Cannock Chase hospitals receiving such appalling-care between 2005 and 2009 that as many as 1,200 deaths may have occurred, said Mr Taylor.

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  • Anonymous | 5-Feb-2013 8:19 am

    Why don't you wind your neck in?

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  • Anonymous | 5-Feb-2013 9:36 pm

    what do you mean? that sounds very rude and uncalled for.

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  • Please can the Bullies here, stop?
    Use the forum for what it's meant for.

    No wonder some patients/clients/relatives get offended if there are Nurses out there with Bad attitudes and aggresive streaks.
    It's not something you can switch off and suddenly become all 'caring and kind' to people.
    We're not all perfect but it shouldn't be the case that the Bad Nurses ruin all the good work out there.

    If you are cynical, burnt out, angry or just plain naughty, then sort it out.

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  • Studelicious | 5-Feb-2013 11:24 pm

    Well why don't YOU stop bullying then?

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  • This 'them and us' mentality is what underpins many of the problems in the NHS. When we start to problem-solve together without blame, then we'll get somewhere.

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  • Anonymous | 6-Feb-2013 7:49 am

    Did you actually read ANY of the posts from Studelicious, or are you jumping in to vent off your own opinions?
    Your response seems totally unrelated.

    Its not bullying to ask people to stop bullying.

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