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Senior nurses call for NHS culture change

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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.

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  • Excellent news, in theory. What are the culture changes they are trying to push exactly? I would be really interested to know.

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  • The group is probably excellent but to save a bit of time to cure problems in NHS culture we need sufficient nurses to look after our patients.

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  • mike | 7-Oct-2011 4:10 pm

    give them a chance Mike if they have only just got together. Maybe they will be able to effect some positive change to improve care just as the government might have done if they had been given time before everybody was up in arms.

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  • Anonymous | 7-Oct-2011 11:40 pm

    It appears to me that Mike was asking a relevant question which was not covered in the short article. Nobody is "up in arms".

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  • michael stone

    I agree that there is a need for a culture change in the NHS - but that report did not explain what the new culture is to be, unless I missed it ? I might not be 100% with you, about the correct culture to aim for !
    Which is why open discussion, with every group the NHS touches, is necessary as a step towards improving things.

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  • Anonymous | 7-Oct-2011 11:40 pm who is up in arms exactly? I was just asking what culture changes they think are needed? I happen to agree with them in principle and I also think we need strong Nurse leaders, I'd just like to know more details?

    Honestly, some people on here!

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    mike | 8-Oct-2011 7:30 pm

    'Honestly, some people on here!'

    Yes, I've had that thought - and I'd guess everyone has it, but without agreement over the categorisation of which posters are 'some people' !

    But agreeing what culture change makes sense, is necessary - and whether that will happen, is the part which would bother me. Everyone who has properly thought about it, knows the NHS complaints system works very poorly indeed - but not everybody agrees, about the structure of a better complaints-handling system.

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  • I smell a rat! And when did these people last lay hands on a patient?
    Looks to me they are set up to do the bidding of this governments so called Liberation plans!
    I'm not convinced these are there to do any more than the conservatives bidding -it's a scam so they can use the terms "Senior nurses call for " ....etc etc.....

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  • I really hope there's substance to this because there is a fundamental need, but it does strike me as a little bit too Downton!

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  • George Kuchanny

    Not enough to comment on really, so I am with Mike here. Let us wait for these good folk to expand on what they have in mind. What's a Downton Anonymous? Life is one big learning curve for me :)

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