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Leading nurse researcher to evaluate national nursing strategy


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.”

University of Wolverhampton

Laura Serrant

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.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Hooray just what nursing needs another academic.....not!

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  • I don't have a problem with an academic - my issue is what will happen to the report. I don't doubt the need for Care and Compassion, but who cares for the nurses and other professionals who do their best? Who weeds out the bad eggs rather than letting them ruin the good name of nursing? Who votes for governments who keep blaming the profession while making it impossible to do a decent job?

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  • I look forward to reading "research" on NHS England's performance funded by NHS England by someone seconded to a team at NHS England. I'm sure it'll be insightful.

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  • Anonymous | 19-Nov-2014 4:12 pm

    you obviously wish nursing to remain in the days of Nightingale!

    how do you believe the profession has progressed and will advance without academics?

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