Press Release

10 March 2014

Professor Kim Manley, CBE, from the England Centre for Practice Development, has led a project to develop a framework around the concept of clinical credibility in relation to the role of executive nurses.

The project was commissioned by the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, through the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) consultancy service. It will help executive nurses, and potentially other executive clinicians, to develop their role, reflect on the purpose of having clinical credibility, and also the intentional strategies used to achieve it. The framework will also guide expectations of executive nurses and assist those thinking of a career as an executive nurse, or those new in post.

Dr Manley said: “This is a key piece of work given the reality of the role of the executive nurse in the wake of the Francis report into the failings at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust published in 2013, which highlighted issues of patient safety and quality. 

“Executive Nurse leaders play a vital role in ensuring standards of high-quality, person centered, compassionate, safe and effective care are delivered across the patient pathway which includes hospital, intermediate and community settings. 

“However, there is an absence of research in this area which focuses on developing the leadership skills and personal and professional resilience of such leaders. This new framework will help to identify the characteristics and enabling factors of effective executive nurse roles.

“It will make organisations look at their workforce and ask questions such as: how do you recognise that an executive nurse is credible and effective; what has to be in place for executive nurses to be credible and effective and most importantly what are the outcomes for patent care if executive nurses are professionally credible and effective?

“By being able to answer these questions, and understand how much the role of an executive nurse can have an impact upon the care a patent is crucial to improving the patient experience.”

The England Centre for Practice Development is hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University.

For more information on the new framework and the work of the England Centre for Practice Development visit:

Notes to Editor

  • The England Centre for Practice Development is hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University. It is part of an international network of practice developers who are members of the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC). It is committed to the innovation of services and practices at the point of care to ensure that they are person-centered, safer and more effective.

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.

  • 94% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest provider of education, training and skills to the public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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