Donna Green, chief nurse and deputy chief executive at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has become a trustee of the Point of Care Foundation.
She becomes the first nurse on the board of the organisation, whose trustees also include Sir Robert Francis, the author of seminal reports on patient safety and whistleblowing in the NHS.
“The foundation plays a really important role to offer support to staff and users of the service”
The Point of Care Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve patient experience and increase support for the staff who work with them.
It primarily promotes Schwartz Rounds, the initiative developed in the US, that is designed to provide opportunities for healthcare staff to open up about difficult experiences at work.
The idea of Schwartz Rounds and similar rounding initiatives have become increasingly popular in England in recent years.
- New guide on implementing and sustaining Schwartz rounds
- New ‘flexible Schwartz-style’ scheme to support ward staff
- NHS using Schwartz scheme to aid staff wellbeing rather than just care
The foundation also operates the Sweeney programme, which provides training in quality improvement techniques based on patient experience, and the Heads of Patient Experience (HOPE) network.
Speaking on her appointment, Ms Green said: “At this time more than ever, the Point of Care Foundation plays a really important role in using an evidence base to develop strategies and offer support to staff and users of the service.”
Jocelyn Cornwell, chief executive of the Point of Care Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome new trustees to our expanded board.
“We are working with a growing number of healthcare organisations across the UK and internationally, and as our activities grow it is great to be able to call on the diverse skills and experiences of our trustees,” she added.