Friday, 6 September 2013

Day 5: Area Team Directors of Nursing & Family Photos

Impossible to keep to just 100 words today, so won't try (I knew this would happen, but thought it might be longer than 5 days before I had to break this rule, hope you still find it interesting!).

I spent the morning today with Directors of Nursing from both NHS commissioner and provider organisations in Hertfordshire & South Midlands led by Heather Moulder; this included acute hospitals, mental health & learning disability and community Trusts as well as CCG lead nurses.  The focus of the meeting was workforce and Regional Chief Nurse @RMayNurseDir joined us to talk about work she is doing leading National Nursing Vision Action Area 5. She presented an overview of guidance and national expectations for nursing workforce, likely to be launched at the Chief Nursing Officer conference this Autumn.

We also heard from Director of Nursing colleagues about nursing workforce challenges respectively in community, mental health and learning disability, along with impressive values-based recruitment to nursing and care assistant roles at Northampton General Hospital led by Suzie Loader.

We celebrated the success that has been achieved in reducing pressure ulcers within the region, but acknowledged that complacency must not be allowed as there is more to tackle on this, such as those originating from the community-based care settings.

There was also a very interesting conversation about compassion including the measurement of this.  Further research being done looking at measurement and how this can be used to best influence improvements in compassionate care.

My afternoon was spent catching up from being out of the office for the past day and a half and also, very importantly, finally got pictures of Mrs F & the kids out and put up in my office!

Thank you for reading my blog this week, do comment and feedback, as I want this to be helpful, interesting, useful to you and willing to improve this.  More to come next week.