14 February 2013
Findings from the public inquiry, by Robert Francis QC, into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust published earlier this month have indicated that workplace culture is at the heart of making improvements to the health and social care sector.
Workplace culture can impact on everything from the patient’s experience, to quality of care, health outcomes, staff wellbeing and commitment, how we learn in the workplace, the use of evidence to underpin decision making and resources.
The England Centre for Practice Development, at Canterbury Christ Church University, is leading the way nationally on the development of individuals within a health and social care setting to make leadership changes to workplace culture. Their work on the front line of nursing is making a positive difference on the relationship between patient and practitioner.
Part of a much broader organisational initiative to develop quality innovation improvements led by clinicians, the Centre’s work meets the government vision for promoting strong Clinical Academic Careers in the future and developing programmes of research which impact positively on patient outcomes.
Carrie Jackson, Head of Department for Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies and Director for the England Centre for Practice Development, said: “ We are only a handful of Universities running a person centered curriculum for undergraduate nursing students with a focus on developing practitioners who are capable of delivering person centred safe and effective care”.
Carrie Jackson and Dr Kim Manley, Senior Research Fellow, also spoke earlier this week at a national conference on the Future of the Nursing Workforce, where they presented their work with a local NHS Trust in Kent, showcasing how to change workplace culture.
The flagship leadership programme accredited by the University, offers senior clinicians the opportunity to work with a range of internationally researched tools and strategies to improve their leadership capability, find creative solutions to complex problems and demonstrate successful role models as effective ways of working for colleagues in their teams.
This body of work enhances the Centre’s role in the Government commission on the dignity of older people, and their human right to be treated with respect and compassion and exploratory work on Human Rights Standards.
The Centre has also been commissioned by the Foundation of Nursing Studies to evaluate the impact of the national Caring Cultures programme, sponsored by the NHS Institute for Innovation. The findings will be published at the end of March and be used to shape future programmes of education around creating practitioners who provide compassionate care.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
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