Press Release

05 December 2011

Dr Kim Manley CBE, Visiting Professor at the England Centre for Practice Development at Christ Church, has given evidence to the Commission on Improving Dignity in Older People, on 24 November at the London Headquarters of Age UK.

The Commission was set up in response to a number of reports over the past few years about the care provided for older people and aims to share best practice.  It also enables health professionals to discuss their experiences of initiatives that will improve the quality of care for older people in hospitals and residential care.

Dr Manley, said: “I was delighted to be called upon to provide evidence at a very important and highly topical debate in health and social care.

“The hearing was a highly beneficial way of sharing existing tools and guidance for improving care and compassion and analysing their impact on health and social care.  The good practice examples also showed how to best drive change through the system, for example using practice development, to take a positive step forward in improving the quality of care for older people.”

A portfolio of research evidence was submitted to the Commission by The England Centre for Practice Development about developing effective workplace cultures and person-centred approaches using practice development.

Carrie Jackson, Director of The England Centre for Practice Development, said: “Kim’s work demonstrates the impact the Centre has on policy and practice within the health sector and helps to raise the profile of the University as it plays a significant role in shaping the landscape for the quality of future care delivery in the UK.”

Alongside her visit to the Commission on 24 November, Dr Manley was also invited to Clarence House for a reception hosted by Prince Charles to celebrate the Macmillan Cancer Support Centenary. 

Kim is currently supporting Macmillan in a year’s pilot to help embed their Human Rights standard in multi-disciplinary health care practice across specific cancer services in a large London Teaching Hospital. This has built on her leadership of a UK-wide project to develop the Principles of Nursing Practice that describe what the public can expect of nurses, developed in collaboration with patient and user groups and key policy makers.

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Notes to Editor

The Commission on Improving Dignity in Older People

The Commission on Improving Dignity in Older people was set up in response to a number of reports over the past few years describing situations where the care provided for older people in hospitals and care homes has fallen short of the values set out in the NHS Constitution and generally expected standards of care.  This includes the recent Health Service Ombudsman report Care and compassion? which indicated failings are neither exceptional or isolated.

In response the NHS Confederation, Age UK and the Local Government Group (LGG) have worked in partnership to set up a commission to hear evidence on improving dignity in care provided to older people in hospitals and residential care.

Dr Kim Manley CBE

Dr Kim Manley has been working with the development of person-centred cultures and effective workplace cultures using practice development approaches for over 30 years.  She has worked primarily in acute care settings and has extensive experience of how to change workplace cultures towards ones that promote the dignity of service users.  Her work is widely known and used internationally.

The England Centre for Practice Development

The England Centre for Practice Development was launched by Canterbury Christ Church University on Wednesday 5 October 2011.

The Centre aims to transform patient care and services so that are more person-centred, safe and effective at local, national and international levels.

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 subject areas.

  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 94% of our nursing students are employed in nursing roles six months after finishing their course.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • In 2012 we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

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