How can nurses’ compassion and values be measured at interview?
A government-commissioned review is likely to press for all new nurses and healthcare assistants to be screened for their values and ability to be compassionate, Nursing Times has been told.
The chair of the panel, high profile GP Professor Steve Field, told Nursing Times that universities should interview all healthcare staff before giving them places, and use the values in the NHS constitution as part of interviews. He said the review had discovered that at present, several nursing schools in England did not interview.
He said: “Universities should be interviewing all healthcare professionals, not just offering them courses based on their A-Level grades. I despair of nursing schools and medical schools which don’t interview.”
Professor Field also said healthcare employers should use the constitution’s values in interviews for all staff. In particular he said that more attention should be paid to healthcare assistants and other unqualified staff. The role of HCAs may receive particular criticism from the Mid Staffordshire inquiry, and there have been calls for statutory regulation of the roles.