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'We have allowed the nursing role to be denigrated'

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There are some food ideas that have been drawn from the manufacturing industry, such as looking at how ward management processes, routines and clinical environments can be changed in order to benefit both staff and patients. The model I'm thinking of improves culture in several ways. However, unfortunately instead of these concepts being built upon, nurtured and embedded at service level, I have experience of support for their input being stripped away by senior leaders in the name of target setting/budget meeting/financial crisis/ SHORT TERM STUPIDITY whilst also expecting to reap the rewards of assuming responsibility for a 'job well done' when presenting reports to the Board demonstrating pretty pictures of run charts highlighting how efficient their Divisions have been during a particular quarter (without proper explanation of how they got to those figures I might add!). The 'real' scenario shows staff at burn-out level covering neighbouring areas with low staff numbers leaving their own area poorly equipped to cope and patients relying on the goodwill of staff flexibility and helpful visiting families. Wonder why the Board reports don't include these details?... Whatever is implemented next as an outcome of the Francis Recommendations, there needs to be assurances that Senior Managers cannot strip away front line services, undoing the good work they strive to implement, whilst also still expecting them to meet Govt targets. This will work towards re-building a safer and more open culture within the NHS, but there's a long, long, way to go.

Posted date

8 February, 2013

Posted time

2:53 pm

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