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Updated: Prime minister names members of nursing quality forum

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:

NameRole on ForumRole / expertise
Sally BrearleyChair

Nurse and physiotherapist.

She is a member of the National Quality Board and is a keen advocate for patient and public involvement.

Janice StevensWorkstream lead: Empowered and accountable nurse leadershipIndependent Healthcare Consultant with expertise in improvement / mobilisation
Professor Tricia HartWorkstream 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 MayWorkstream lead: Involve, listen to, hearNurse Director for the NHS Midlands and East SHA Cluster
Elaine InglesbyWorkstream lead: Time to careDirector of Nursing, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Jessica CornerCross cutting theme lead: Education and Training

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences

Vice Chair of the Council of Deans for Health

Sharon BlackburnCross cutting theme lead: Considering care settingsPolicy and Communications Director for the National Care Forum.
Trudie BaileyForum memberUnison Representative, Staffside Chair and Assistant Practitioner, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust.
Jo CoombsForum member

Director of Quality and Nursing

NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds (Cluster PCT)

Janet DaviesForum memberExecutive Director of the Royal College of Nursing
Catherine GambleForum memberMental Health Consultant Nurse, South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust.
Annette HallForum memberWard Sister with extensive experience in implementing productives.
Linda SheldrakeForum memberHead of Quality and Evaluation, Alzheimer’s Society
Vicki LeahForum memberConsultant nurse, University College Hospital London
Katherine MurphyForum member

Chief Executive

Patients Association

Jayne ParkerForum memberAdult branch student at the University of Brighton
Candice PellettForum memberCase Manager District Nurse at Lincolnshire Community Health Services
Rita NewlandForum memberDirector of Education, Nursing and Midwifery Council
Gill DuncanForum memberDirector of Hampshire County Council’s Adult  Services
Kathryn ClarksonForum memberNurse representative for Pendle locality Clinical Commissioning Steering Group
Lorna CatlinForum memberMatron at Burton Hospitals NHS Trust
Gill HarrisForum memberDirector of Nursing, Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh
David OliverExpert memberNational Clinical Director for Older People, Department of Health
Jill MabenExpert member

Director, National Nursing Research Unit,

Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery

King’s College, London

Readers' comments (25)

  • Making sure that nurses have the time to give high quality care to patients - so they must be doubling staff on the wards then hope the trusts can afford it.

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  • Anonymous | 17-Apr-2012 6:27 am

    "Making sure that nurses have the time to give high quality care to patients - so they must be doubling staff on the wards then hope the trusts can afford it."

    no, they must be seeking ways to force nurses to double their work output and productivity! That way they won't have to invest a single penny more! Don't forget it is in the government's best interests, not in that of patients and staff.

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  • I see Cameron has forgotten that the NHS is made up of many health professionals, support and ancillary workers, not just nurses. There is an implication here that care standards are due to good or bad nursing and very little else. We all know that is not the full story at all. In addition, by naming the nursing profession only on this forum, we know where the blame will land when care standards drop, regardless of reasons.

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  • Sorry Mr C, I'm not allowed to 'scour the country and share what we do best'. Market principles, competition strategy and all that. Think again please.

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  • Promoting nurse leaders? We're already top heavy with 'nurse leaders' - ie, several dozen Modern Matrons for each NHS Trust. Try empowering nurses again instead. We lowly - highly educated - Band 5 nurses are not stupid. Give us some credence.

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  • Anonymous | 17-Apr-2012 1:07 pm

    don't worry, they will be promoting all as nurse leaders and there will be no nurses left to do the work!

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  • Anonymous | 17-Apr-2012 2:10 pm

    sorry, should have read '...all of us as nurse leaders...'

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  • Ensuring staff have time to listen to patients Does that mean there'll be an influx of many more nurses I think not I suggest instead of promoting nurse leaders they are demoted and returned to the "shop floor"so that nurses will have time to speak to patients and deliver the care they deserve. There are far too many Matrons already and what exactly do they do?!!!!!!

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  • Ensuring staff have time to listen to patients Does that mean there'll be an influx of many more nurses I think not I suggest instead of promoting nurse leaders they are demoted and returned to the "shop floor"so that nurses will have time to speak to patients and deliver the care they deserve. There are far too many Matrons already and what exactly do they do?!!!!!!

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  • So,government, the creators of the mess in the first place. Are going to promote their lackeys, the ones who ran the system into the ground for them.

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  • how nice to be invited to Downing Street for tea!

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  • Im impressed by the sheer number of frontline workers that they have appointed......Oh Wait!

    and wheres the representative for children's nursing

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  • From the list I have noted that it may have been a while since they worked on the shop floor in the real world. It is easy to be critical when you are not actually looking after patients with complex needs. It would be a good idea to have some band 5 nurses on the team.

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  • Anonymous | 17-Apr-2012 10:22 pm

    I agree. none of these nurses appear to be representative of front line bedside nurses.

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  • Anonymous | 17-Apr-2012 10:33 pm

    Anonymous | 17-Apr-2012 10:22 pm

    I noticed that too, in fact it was why I looked at the list in the first place, and it confirmed my suspicions!!

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  • Really hope the Forum makes recommendations and investment to support clinically based practice i.e. similar to the former ENB programmes and supports better understanding of how enhanced recovery will impact on nursing skills sets i.e. acute care more specialised and community care more accessible and higher acuity.



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  • Did the PM name these forum members or were they democratically elected by nurses to represent them?

    was it nurses who determined the four work streams? if not who did?

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  • Anyone who saw the series of articles in the Independent last week cannot deny that there is a problem with how we as a profession are perceived by the public, our patients. I was devastated to read some of these people experiences, and ashamed as a nurse, that our profession had let these people down. And they cannot be isolated instances.
    That is what this forum is about, not healthcare generally.
    And there is no money to throw at the problem, so no more staff will be made available. It is politically in-astute to think that this might be an option.
    Believe me, I have no love for this government, and am dismayed that it is a politician who has brought this forum together, rather than any of our own leadership at the RCN or in the Chief Nurses Office. But I think we must work together to improve the experience of our patients and the care they receive, and we must co-operate with the forum and with each other to achieve this.
    I don't think we have a choice.

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  • I agree 4.10pm. I think part of th e change really needs to be leading good role models for th e most part and challenging the unacceptable. Education is the underlying basis for all of this, both initial and ongoing. We as a community need to raise the bar wi th kind care not just producing shiny targets where people have been counted but missed.
    We are a crucial part of our social fabric an d conscience, what we do and how we do it matters regardless of who is in govt.

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  • Why do we need to employ quorums, forums, think tanks and committes to reach a plain and concise conclusion for what is after all a simple problem....

    More hands on front line staff are needed to maintain the safety of and meet the needs of the patient and his/her loved ones!

    Job done.

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