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Francis response: Supervisory status not mandatory for ward managers

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There will be no mandatory obligation for ward nurse managers have supervisory status, according to the government response to the Francis Report published today.

The decision to grant supervisory status will be decided locally and the government has recommended reviewing this role as a key action for trusts.

Other key action areas including a new leadership programme for ward managers, team leaders and nursing directors based on the ‘6Cs’ of Compassion in Practice.

In February Robert Francis proposed that ward managers should have supervisory status, should not be office-bound or expected to double up as part of the nursing numbers on the ward.

In its initial response to the inquiry earlier this year the Department of Health gave strong support to supervisory roles for ward managers. It said the Care Quality Commission would include it in its new hospital inspection regime, saying trusts will need to give a “valid explanation” for not giving ward managers supervisory status.

The government’s full response to the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust was published today.

In its response report – Hard Truths: the journey to putting patients first – the government has accepted 281 of the 290 recommendations made by the Francis report.  

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  • No change here for my ward manager she is in numbers every shift and comes in early and stays late to get the managerial aspects of her role done. I admire her but no one in our Trusts sees this job as aspirational because you have to give your while self to it and Senior Managers just say its part of the job nothing can be done to redress it.

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