A dame, a baroness and a knight are among a group of senior nurses who have come together to call for a sea change in the culture of the NHS in order to improve patient care.
The informal group, set up by nurse and chair of the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, Sir Stephen Moss, aims to use its influence to put pressure on politicians and decision makers in the NHS and spread good practice.
The group includes three members of the Prime Minister’s Commission on Nursing and Midwifery: crossbench peer Baroness Emerton, King’s College professor of nursing Anne Marie Rafferty and Dame Elizabeth Fradd, who is currently leading the government’s Health Visitor Taskforce.
They are joined by South Tees NHS Trust deputy chief executive and director of nursing Tricia Hart and Flo Panel-Coates who joined Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust as chief nurse in 2008 in the wake of the scandal over C. difficile infection rates and poor patient care.
Sir Stephen told Nursing Times getting the culture of organisations right was essential to bringing about improvements in patient care.