Press Release

29 April 2013

An influential report reviewing projects supported by the Foundation of Nursing Studies has been undertaken by Dr Kim Manley, Co-Director of the England Centre for Practice Development.

The review has led to the creation of a Masters in Practice Development and Innovation at Canterbury Christ Church University starting in September 2013

For over two decades, the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) has supported nurses across the United Kingdom (UK) to lead innovation in the workplace that transforms the way nurses work and care for patients. 

‘Culture’ is the most frequently word used in the Francis Report (2013)1 and a key factor influencing the quality of care. This includes: how care is experienced by patients and service users; whether care is person-centred, safe and compassionate; whether standards are maintained in everyday practice, ensuring best practice is implemented; and also, whether staff feel supported and valued.

The review funded by the NHS Institute of Improvement and Innovation aimed to identify insights developed from the FoNS supported projects about how to develop caring cultures.

Using an impact framework to classify 82 FoNS projects the review has identified three categories of projects that can provide insights into developing caring, person-centred cultures and the role of values such as the Department of Health’s 6 Cs Framework in frontline workplace culture.

Factors such as organisational commitment and support, skilled facilitation and clinical leadership are identified as essential pre-requisites, as are the values of learning though reflection and systematic evaluation.

The review recommends that higher education institutions and educators, need to integrate practice development approaches in undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, that focus on caring person centred cultures and the links with core values, relationships, facilitation and leadership. 

Carrie Jackson, Director of the ECPD, says: “I am delighted to announce that we have a newly validated Masters in Practice Development and Innovation that will be running from September 2013 which focuses on the key domains identified by this review. 

“This puts Canterbury Christ Church University ahead of the field nationally. Our workplace Clinical Leadership programmes are transforming the way senior nurse leader’s work and role model the development of effective workplace cultures on the front line and our International Practice Development School this year is adding an advanced programme to enable senior practice developers and leaders to further develop their knowledge and skills in practice development.”

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, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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