Hourly nursing rounds, acting on patient feedback and promoting leadership have been announced as the priorities for the new Nursing and Care Quality Forum.
Prime Minister David Cameron issued nurses with a call to action yesterday (17 April) to search out best practice and share it across the NHS during the Forum’s first official meeting yesterday.
It was claimed the hourly nursing rounds initiative – introduced by Cameron in January – has already led to big improvements in patient satisfaction and levels of care.
Furthermore, it was also revealed that the Forum’s is expected to launch a ‘Patient Feedback Challenge’, inviting nurses and other healthcare staff to use patient feedback to brainstorm ideas to make lasting improvements in their place of work.
A £1 million funding pot will allow the ideas to become a reality.
“I have seen many examples of excellent nursing leadership across the NHS,” said Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.
“Nurses have told me that they want time to care for their patients and that strong leadership is key to making sure that standards for patients are high.
“These initiatives will strengthen the focus on leadership and openness about the quality of care. Our ambition is to provide excellent care everywhere. This new independent body of nursing and care experts will enable us to achieve best practice across nursing services.”
Chair of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum Sally Brearley said the body’s mission will be to “identify and spread best practice to help all nurses deliver compassionate, dignified, respectful and safe care.”
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