Nurses are to be put at the heart of patient care at a mental health and learning disability trust in East Anglia, according to a new strategy.
Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust launched its three year strategy to enhance and develop nursing on 11 May. The strategy recognises nurses as the largest and most influential professional group within the trust, and provides a framework for them to focus on key issues in providing safe and effective care.
Director of nursing, patient safety and quality Roz Brooks said: “The new nursing strategy will support and strengthen the roles of nurses within the trust to ensure we continue to deliver compassionate, high quality care in new ways during the challenging times ahead.”
The document sets out a nursing pledge: “At Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust, we believe that nursing means treating all people with dignity and respect; caring with compassion and protecting the most vulnerable. This upholds our commitment to providing person centred expert care, resulting in the best possible outcomes and experience for everyone who uses our services.”
The trust expects to deliver this vision through eight activities - bringing clarity to quality; measuring quality; publishing quality performance; recognising and rewarding quality; instigating leadership for quality; safeguarding quality; staying ahead; and supporting nurses to deliver quality.
A trust spokeswoman said: “It is a pledge from the trust to our service users on behalf of our nursing workforce.
“Our nurses would, of course, be expected to uphold and work towards achieving this pledge upon joining the trust as a member of the nursing workforce.”