There have been a series of high profile scandals over the past few years relating to the quality of nursing care. These failures illustrate longstanding issues which can be traced back to the 1960s. Previous solutions do not seem to have succeeded. We can't go on trying the same things. We need to be able to respond positively to CQC 'Nutrition and Older People report' and the numerous poor stories emerging via the Patient Association and others. The Public inquiry into Mid Staffs will make detailed recommendations relating to the system. However, history would show that general solutions to these problems are harder to embed. So what can we do?
The HSMC Policy Paper (Time to Care, December 2011) identified that nursing is hard, emotional work, however this is rarely discussed and often overlooked in current management practice. Consequently, there is no systematic support for nurses as part of their daily routine. Perhaps it's time to move away from blaming individual nurses and look at how to develop systems which support them to care?
This seminar will draw on key research from this work with nurse leaders and other examples of good practice. It will explore case studies from policy and practice perspectives and aims to contribute to the national debate, widening it out from the popular 'good/bad nurse' or 'too posh to wash' sound bite discussions which dominate the media.
This one-day seminar would be of particular interest to nurse leaders, but is highly relevant for all Board members (Executive and Non-Executive); Governors of Foundation Trusts and senior managers across acute trusts in particular, who collectively hold a statutory duty for the quality of care delivered to their patients.
For further information or to request a booking form, please contact Ann Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event flyer: 'Time to care?' Exploring solutions to poor nursing care (PDF)