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Robert Francis QC becomes patron of nursing charity

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Leading patient safety advocate Robert Francis QC has given his personal support to a national nursing charity.

Mr Francis, who last year published his seminal report on care failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, has agreed to become a patron of the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

He said: “I am very honoured to be asked to be a patron of the foundation.  I believe that it is a beacon of everything which is valuable and admirable about the vocation of nursing.

“I look forward to supporting the foundation in promoting the values and standards which are so important for high quality care for patients,” he added.

“He has proven to be a true champion of the continuing drive for greater quality and accountability”

Elizabeth Robb

Professor Elizabeth Robb, chief executive of the foundation, said: “We are thrilled that Robert has agreed to be our patron.

“Through his work, both during the Mid Staffs review and elsewhere in the health field, he has proven to be a true champion of the continuing drive for greater quality and accountability in the NHS,” she said.

Florence Nightingale Foundation

Elizabeth Robb

“This chimes very much with our own stated aims of developing learning among our nurses and midwives and the need for evidence-based, patient-centred clinical care,” she added.

The foundation supports nurses and midwives with scholarships, mentoring and recognition. It raises funds to enable study, promote innovation in practice, and extend knowledge and skills.


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  • It would serve Robert Francis QC well to remember that nursing is a profession not a vocation and if given a choice most nurses would likely choose to be respected rather than admired.

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