February 2013 saw the publication of Robert Francis QC’s final report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry. In responding to the Inquiry Report, the Nuffield Trust urged politicians and senior NHS leaders not to ignore its central implication: that within parts of the NHS, dignity, care and compassion are routinely absent from the care of patients.
The Government issued their full response to the Inquiry, setting out in detail what is required of NHS providers, regulators, commissioners and others in relation to each of the Report’s recommendations.
To mark the first anniversary of the report’s publication, the Nuffield Trust published a new report: The Francis Report: one year on (February 2014), undertaken in conjunction with Robert Francis QC, examining how the Inquiry Report has been received and responded to by those working within acute hospital trusts and foundation trusts.
On the anniversary of the Inquiry Report’s publication, the Nuffield Trust held a half-day conference where health care practitioners and leaders had the opportunity to discuss and debate if and how changes have been effected in hospitals as a direct result of his report.
At the conference, we presented findings from our new report and considered the following questions:
- What have hospital trusts and foundation trusts done in response to the Francis report?
- What are the challenges that acute trusts face as they seek to improve the safety and quality of care at a time of financial austerity?
- What is the role for the trust board in relation to monitoring and assuring safe and high quality care, and how have boards responded to the Francis report?
- What support do trusts and foundation trusts need from policy makers, regulators and commissioners as they take steps to develop a stronger culture of safety and quality?