AUKUH Nursing Directors’ response to Francis Inquiry
7 February 2013
The final report of the public inquiry into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust outlines appalling failures of care, which no patient or family should ever have to experience.
The Association of UK University Hospitals represents theunique, tripartite interests of university hospitals – high quality clinical care, teaching and research. The quality of care provided to their patients is at the forefront of best practice throughout the UK – informed as it is by research and teaching. We shall continue to strive to ensure that patients in all settings receive the highest-quality care available.
As requested we shall develop our responses to the Francis Report’s detailed recommendations and ensure that they are implemented. In particular the Association of UK University Hospitals welcomes the report's recommendation of a national forum where directors of nursing can coordinate the leadership of the nursing profession.
Professor Kay Riley, Chair of the AUKUH Directors of Nursing, said: “The nursing directors of the university hospitals instigated a forum fourteen years ago and we should be pleased to contribute our experience to the development of a more extensive national forum. We have worked together to develop the nursing acuity tool and to ensure that hospital comparisons are driven by quality measures rather than simply productivity and efficiency. We are keen to share this learning with other representative organisations to help shape a forum of the type described in the Francis Report."
Notes to editors:
1. The Association of UKUniversity Hospitals (AUKUH) is the key leadership body across the UK promoting the unique interests of UK University Hospital Trusts in the tripartite mission of service, teaching and research. For further information about the work of the Association of UK University Hospitals please see www.aukuh.org.uk.
2. Changes since the events of Mid-Staffordshire include new standards for pre-registration nursing education issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in 2010.
3. Between 2008/2009 and 2012/2013 places for adult nursing pre-registration education in England were cut by 18 per cent. In London, adult nursing pre-registration places were cut by 22 per cent in one year (2011/2012 to 2012/2013). Mental Health nursing pre-registration places were cut by 13 per cent between 2008/2009 and 2012/2013. Physiotherapy pre-registration places were cut by 8 per cent in the same period. There were small rises in education places for children’s nursing, learning disability nursing and larger rises (15 per cent) for midwifery.