A leading nurse academic is to lead an evaluation of the national nursing strategy for the NHS in England, which focuses on compassion and includes the “6Cs”.
Professor Laura Serrant, an expert in community nursing, has been seconded to the chief nursing officer for England’s team for a year as research lead for Compassion in Practice.
She will lead a national evaluation of the three-year strategy, which was published in 2012 as part of the nursing profession’s response to the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
The strategy, which introduced the 6Cs nursing values, was drawn up by Jane Cummings, NHS England’s CNO, and Professor Viv Bennett, director of nursing at the Department of Health.
Commenting on her new role, Professor Serrant said: “This is a great opportunity to utilise academic and clinical expertise to help evidence the impact of nursing efforts to ensure that the quality of care people receive in future is compassionate and of the highest standard – so we can do our utmost to take forward the lessons learned from the Francis inquiry.”
Professor Serrant, who currently works at the University of Wolverhampton, will take up the NHS England role for 12 months, initially working three days a week.
She will continue her role as professor of community and public health nursing and director of research and enterprise at Wolverhampton until March 2015. She will then complete the final period of secondment full time with NHS England.
Earlier this year, Nursing Times’ sister title Health Service Journal named Professor Serrant on two of its annual powerlists of influential figures in healthcare – the 2014 Black and Minority Ethnic Pioneers list and also the Clinical Leaders list.