Press Release

30 September 2011

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHT), in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University, has launched a new framework for nursing and midwifery specialists across the Trust.

The aim of the framework is to improve the quality and consistency of care for current and future patients, based on a person-centred approach; to support the learning and development needs of staff, enable career progression and clearly define their roles, as well developing a culture of sharing good practice within the Trust.

Dr. Kim Manley, Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Professor at the University’s Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, said: “The new framework is the result of a three month project conducted by myself and other colleagues at the University. During those three months we worked with about 400 specialist nurse practitioners across the three hospital sites, looking at how we could help them develop, and implement, a framework that would ensure a more effective and responsive approach to patient care.

“The new framework will help tap the full potential of specialist nurse-led services in providing care that will be more responsive to the needs of patients and service users and drive a greater quality and consistency of care throughout the Trust. It will also enable specialist nurses and midwives to engage with each other to share good practice.” 

At the heart of the project is the work the University is carrying out in its new Centre for Practice Development. Dr Manley added: “This project is linked with the Centre’s work and clearly shows how we can use the research being undertaken at the University and apply it to local and national projects, to support the work of our partners, but also that healthcare practice is the heart of the centres work.”


Notes to Editor

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, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college


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