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Chief Nursing Officer Summit: LIVE rolling news


All the news and announcements from day one of the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s summit 2013

Chief Nursing Officer Summit: LIVE rolling news


Day 1: Tuesday 26 November

06:00 - Nursing Times gives a run-down on what to expect during the summit.

09:30 - June Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, takes to the stage to deliver her key note speech.


09:35 CNO hails first year of success for nursing strategy - Jane Cummings publishes progress report on first year of national nursing strategy. It’s called Compassion in Practice - One Year On

09:50 New drive to boost ‘transparency’ on patient safety - CNO announces that 17 trusts have today published a range of patient safety data including results from Friends and Family Test and NHS Safety Thermometer. Staffing data will follow later next year.

10:15 - #CNOSummit trending on twitter UK-wide

10:30 - Professor Steve Field highlights a need for work to be done on staffing levels. Calls for more leadership in primary care.

Steve Field

CO Summit 2013: Chief inspector of general practice Professor Steve Field



11:00 - Sir Bruce Keogh tells summit he is not in favour of prescriptive staffing levels. Voices concerns over “too much inspection”.



11:45 - Robert Francis QC says it is time to “move from words to action”, and describes a current “era of changing culture”

11:50 - Robert Francis QCstresses the importance of listening to complaints and acting on them. Encourages staff from all levels to listen to patient stories, but also highlights that staff compliants are as vital to service change as patients’ complaints.


Robert Francis QC

Robert Francis QC

12:05 - Professor Tricia Hart, Chief Executive of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, says that a person’s behaviour is a reflection of the culture of the organisation they work for. Agrees with Robert Francis that complaints must be listened to, but where possible must be prevented in the first place.

12:10 - Professor Tricia Hart challenges senior nurses to reflect on whether they are adequately supporting their staff to raise complaints.


Tricia Hart

Professor Tricia Hart; chief executive of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

12:30 - When asked for his views on staffing levels, Robert Francis said he was encouraged by government plans for trusts to publish staffing data and for NICE to devise a national set of guidance. However, Mr Francis said he would like the NHS “to stop talking and start doing” on staffing levels.


12:35 - Elaine Inglesby-Burke talks about the Berwick review: “We all own the issues that came out of Mid Staffs”. Says Berwick review will shape patient safety over the next decade.



12:50 - Elaine Inglesby-Burke highlights the need for safe staffing “Staffing is about more than numbers”



13:30 - Open University give talk on how healthcare assistants can train to become registered nurses.


14:15- Delegates at the summit encouraged to sign up to Nursing Times’ Speak out Safely campaign, and openly pledge to protect those who voice concerns about patient safety.

14:30 - Helene Donnelly, Ambassador for Cultural Change at Stoke and Staffordshire Partnership Trust, talks about the importance of empowering people to speak out when things are wrong.



Find out what’s coming up at the summit, who is due to make an appearance and watch live streaming of the event on our CNO Summit page.

Follow the event on twitter using the hashtag #CNOSummit


Readers' comments (2)

  • I'll read this tonight to help me sleep - what a complete and utter load of ....!

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  • Lot of talking and still no action. Still, 9.30am until just after 2.30pm, that's a long day for them. They must be exhausted the poor dears.

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