The prime minister David Cameron has announced the next phase of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum, which he set up to investigate how to improve nursing and care standards. He has named its 22 members.
The forum was revealed by Nursing Times in January and officials have since been working on its terms of reference and membership. Its first meeting took place today at Downing Street.
Number 10 confirmed the forum’s four workstreams and the lead for each area would be:
- Tricia Hart, director of nursing and patient safety at South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust, will lead on encouraging the right values and culture.
- Janice Stevens, formerly a senior nurse lead at the Department of Health and now an independent consultant, will lead on promoting accountable nurse leaders.
- Elaine Inglesby, director of nursing at Salford Royal Foundation Trust, will lead on ensuring nurses have enough time to give quality care.
- Ruth May, nurse director for the NHS Midlands and East SHA Cluster, will lead on patient feedback.
Mr Cameron asked the forum to “scour the country, find out what works best and share it across the NHS”.
He also announced an “NHS Patient Feedback Challenge”, calling on staff to “identify the best ways of using patient feedback to make positive and lasting improvements in healthcare and put the patient firmly at the heart of NHS care”.
There will be a £1m fund for the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement to select ideas and “implement them across the country”.
The prime minister said in a pre-released statement: “I know that going into hospital can be an incredibly anxious time. And as treatments become more and more complex, nothing counts more than a friendly face and a calming word.
“That’s why I’m right behind our campaign to help nurses provide the very best care possible. 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.”
He added: “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.”
Forum chair Sally Brearley said in a statement: “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 everyone, and to have the support they need to do this every time and everywhere.”
Full list of forum members:
|Name||Role on Forum||Role / expertise|
Nurse and physiotherapist.
She is a member of the National Quality Board and is a keen advocate for patient and public involvement.
|Janice Stevens||Workstream lead: Empowered and accountable nurse leadership||Independent Healthcare Consultant with expertise in improvement / mobilisation|
|Professor Tricia Hart||Workstream lead: Right culture and right values|
Deputy CEO / Director of Nursing & Patient Safety /
Director of Infection Prevention & Control
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
|Dr Ruth May||Workstream lead: Involve, listen to, hear||Nurse Director for the NHS Midlands and East SHA Cluster|
|Elaine Inglesby||Workstream lead: Time to care||Director of Nursing, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust|
|Professor Jessica Corner||Cross cutting theme lead: Education and Training|
Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences
Vice Chair of the Council of Deans for Health
|Sharon Blackburn||Cross cutting theme lead: Considering care settings||Policy and Communications Director for the National Care Forum.|
|Trudie Bailey||Forum member||Unison Representative, Staffside Chair and Assistant Practitioner, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust.|
|Jo Coombs||Forum member|
Director of Quality and Nursing
NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds (Cluster PCT)
|Janet Davies||Forum member||Executive Director of the Royal College of Nursing|
|Catherine Gamble||Forum member||Mental Health Consultant Nurse, South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust.|
|Annette Hall||Forum member||Ward Sister with extensive experience in implementing productives.|
|Linda Sheldrake||Forum member||Head of Quality and Evaluation, Alzheimer’s Society|
|Vicki Leah||Forum member||Consultant nurse, University College Hospital London|
|Katherine Murphy||Forum member|
|Jayne Parker||Forum member||Adult branch student at the University of Brighton|
|Candice Pellett||Forum member||Case Manager District Nurse at Lincolnshire Community Health Services|
|Rita Newland||Forum member||Director of Education, Nursing and Midwifery Council|
|Gill Duncan||Forum member||Director of Hampshire County Council’s Adult Services|
|Kathryn Clarkson||Forum member||Nurse representative for Pendle locality Clinical Commissioning Steering Group|
|Lorna Catlin||Forum member||Matron at Burton Hospitals NHS Trust|
|Gill Harris||Forum member||Director of Nursing, Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh|
|David Oliver||Expert member||National Clinical Director for Older People, Department of Health|
|Jill Maben||Expert member|
Director, National Nursing Research Unit,
Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery
King’s College, London