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CNO spends £1m on consultants

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The chief nursing officer spent nearly £1million on consultants last year, according to data from the Department of Health.

Nursing Times’ analysed details of all spending over £25,000 by the DH for the year to March 2011, published as part of the government’s transparency agenda. The analysis reveals a total of £36.8m of spending attributed to Dame Christine Beasley’s office.

The CNO’s directorate spent £590,000 with PA Consulting, which received just under £3m in total from the department. Dame Christine’s office spent £215,000 with Frontline Consultants Ltd in the year.

The majority of money spent by the CNO was in grants to non-profit organisations and public bodies. For example, Acorns Hospice Trust received £2.9m from Dame Christine’s office. The office spent over £700,000 on “printing” — primarily with the Central Office of Information, part of the cabinet office. Meanwhile, the office of NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh spent more than £1.5m on consulting in the year.

The data, which may not include all items of spending, shows that the department as a whole spent at least £65m on consultants. It also shows the DH paid almost £250,000 to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and total of £139,000 to the Royal College of Nursing in the year. The DH spent £326m on “outsourcing” and £5m on legal fees during the year.

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  • AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • And this week's scapegoat is............ The CNO!

    Tune in next week to see who has the entourage of flaming torches and pitchforks. Will it be that old standard - the inept agency nurse or is it time for Mid-Staffs to take centre stage again? Tune in next week for the next thrilling instalment of Britains Got Excuses!

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  • Anonymous | 7-Jun-2011 8:20 am to be fair, the CNO is hardly a scapegoat here. This has been the status quo for a fair while now and the woman is simply pontificating about with her fancy title, spending vast amounts of money, having nice little 'meetings' and giving the profession absolutely NO leadership whatsoever in return.

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  • The poor midwives in our trust are so overworked because of staff shortages (vacant posts not being filled). I don't know how this woman sleeps at night.

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  • I don't know about scapegoat - she certainly needs to be made an example of. Leadership? B*****ks!

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  • @ mike from Anonymous 0820.

    Just for a second I thought you were leaping to the Dame's Defence!!!

    You'd hope that someone with her experience and network of contacts would have most of the answers at her fingertips really.

    I have contacts in other Trusts as we work towards solving problems locally, so we make the best use of evidence based practice. Not one of the people I have been in touch with has ever asked for remuneration for their services so I'm hard pushed to see what value for money the CNO has had from these consultants.

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  • Anonymous | 7-Jun-2011 2:56 pm not a bloody chance! I could never defend the actions or leadership of this woman!

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  • I love it that everyone seems to be a "consultant" nowadays. The RCN, along with all Trusts, will have an army of people who will have masters degrees in business management and the like, yet when someone is needed to perform a task which involves this type of knowledge, they have to get in "consultants" who charge exorbitant rates. What is needed is people with common sense...look to the people you are meant to represent Dame Christine. There is a wealth of experience and knowledge there.

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  • Shameful!! The woman should be held to account! She is a waste of space and obviously, a waste of money.

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  • A voluntary male patient dies at the door of the ward while nurses and nurse managers walk over him. Presumably this was part of his care plan, risk assessed and had his full agreement. OH! hang on he was a "drug user", e.g. anti-psychotics, alcohol and other drugs, only we don't know because the nursing staff didn't check. If that was Christine Beasley or one of her consultants the situation would be different. Not fit for purpose, any of them!

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  • i want to a consultant might earn a bit more.

    but hey they (she) should do all that herself thats why she is in post isn't it? so safe *%$* loads of money........

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  • Disgusting! This bloated desk-jockey wouldn’t need to spend £Millions on consultants if she got off her large chair-bound derrière and actually consulted with the people she is supposed to be leading. Get rid of her now!

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  • Hang on a minute, wasn't she supposed to be sodding off months back? Or was the bloated salary for doing sod all too much to give up?

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  • She's in post until October then goodness knows who/what replaces her.

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  • Anon, It will be a carbon copy/clone with a differnt name and slightly different appearance, but no less innefectual or useless. There won't be a boat rocking radical bone in their body as they will be too busy nodding their heads and grinning inanely whilst picking up a ridiculous salary no doubt.

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  • Steve Williams

    F&F plan yet again.

    Go see Turks and Caicos or Bermuda to see how "consultancy" means shifting millions of wonga to your chums.

    Disgusting practice.

    At least at T&C the British Government has done something about it.... It is a shame that they didn't look in their own backyard....

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  • Steve Williams

    F&F plan yet again.

    Go see Turks and Caicos or Bermuda to see how "consultancy" means shifting millions of wonga to your chums.

    Disgusting practice.

    At least at T&C the British Government has done something about it.... It is a shame that they didn't look in their own backyard....

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  • Not that she'll give a proverbial Steve. She'll be off soon so she'll be milking all she can out of the system before waddling off with a nice fat bonus and generous pension. Allright for some.

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  • When this is eventually prised-out from behind its desk at the DH, I’m sure it will wedge itself behind the desk of one of the many private companies now operating within the ‘NHS!’

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  • Funny how the only one to defend the CNO signed in as anonymous. Can't stand the woman myself but like an awful lot of the other detractors I have the integrity to put my name to it.

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  • I would actually love to see her respond to these comments and comments on other threads where she has graced us with her wisdom, just to see her try and justify her complete ineptitude in leading our profession and justify her bloated salary and position too when she does.

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  • Phil Dup

    The NMC website shows two Christine Beasleys as currently Registered - if one of these is our illustrious 'Leader' I'd love to know how she gets the time to do some 'hands on' real Nursing whilst obviously being soooo busy running an Office that spends such vast amounts of money. Its a bloody farce and just shows the gravy Trains are still running on time even if the real ones aint.
    Pah!!!

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  • Any idea who the next CNO will be or should be?

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  • I heard Andrew Lansley is being put forward for it.

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  • Anonymous | 14-Jun-2011 9:32 pm I know who it SHOULD be, a Nurse who is a highly qualified clinical practitioner, not just a wannabe politician, someone who acts as a visible and outspoken figurehead for our profession, who actually has enough backbone to fight for Nurses, to demand fair pay, working conditions etc, and will raise holy hell at the merest hint of a threat to our pay/pensions/job security. It should be someone who DEMANDS EQUAL say in the running of the NHS, not someone who would bend over and wait for whatever crumbs the GP consortiums and the government throw our way, a real leader would be kicking the governments door down and TELLING them how best to run the NHS and look after our patients, (take note Beasley) and it should be someone who would demand and ensure best practice is met throughout the entire profession by ensuring high quality training and instilling a concrete post grad CPD program, and someone who ensures that our patients are looked after by demanding a LEGALISED Nurse/patient ratio and also someone who would not take no for an answer on this. It should be someone who increases the public perception of our profession simply by association, by epitomising the highly qualified, skilled professionals we are.

    I could go on for a while yet.

    However, we will not get anyone close to this.

    As I said earlier, it will be a carbon copy/clone of what we have had before, the usual pompous twin set and pearl nodding dog, with a different name and slightly different appearance, but no less ineffectual or useless. There won't be a boat rocking radical bone in their body as they will be too busy nodding their heads and grinning inanely whilst picking up a ridiculous salary and ensuring that their own nests are comfortably feathered whilst the profession struggles on.

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