Following my email yesterday about the Francis report, we have updated our Francis Inquiry web pages signposting to a number of practical resources that I hope you find useful. In particular, we have made it easier to access our materials around raising concerns in the workplace and we have updated our online staff engagement toolkit, which will be available as an e-publication shortly. We are also developing additional content to support you on issues identified in the Francis report which will be published on our website tomorrow.
You can read the full 100 page executive summary on the Francis Inquiry website. The NHS Confederation has also produced a summary of the report's key findings and wider recommendations which has been sent to chief executives. You can read the summary on the NHS Confederation's website.
The Francis report has drawn attention to the importance of staff engagement in sustaining quality of care and there is likely to be considerable media interest in the results of the staff survey due to be published at the end of this month. The results relating to staff views on quality of care and whether staff would be willing to recommend the service they work in are likely to be of particular focus.
Sir David Nicholson and the Secretary of State wrote to chairs and chief executives of NHS organisations yesterday encouraging them to hold events to engage with staff around issues identified in the Francis Report. In particular, the Secretary of State stresses that:
"We know that staff who feel engaged and involved and listened are able to provide compassionate care. We must care for staff to care patients. The first step in engagement is listening..."
You can read the letter on the NHS Commissioning Board website.
The Prime Minister's response to the report is now available on the Downing Street website and includes references to a number of workforce issues. The Department of Health has also now published a formal response from the Permanent Secretary Una O'Brien and this is available on the Department of Health website.
You can also read the articles that we had published yesterday and today in the Health Service Journal, People Management and HR Magazine on my blog site. I would welcome any views that you might have.
For those of you who would like a break from all the reading, you can watch the Francis press conference on the BBC website and Sir David Nicholson's response on the NHS Commissioning Board website.
On a different issue, I understand that, yesterday, the Unison executive met and accepted the proposed amendments to Agenda for Change. This follows approvals by the Royal College of Nursing and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Some of the other trades unions are still meeting but this is a positive development. The matter will be discussed at the NHS Staff Council at the end of this month, where we are hopeful for an agreement.
To keep in touch with the latest HR news, iPad and iPhone users can now download our new free app. Finally, just a reminder that our NHS Line Managers Bulletin is available to frontline managers, which provides practical tools, tips and resources to support them on key workforce issues. It's free to subscribe and can be accessed on our website.
Director, NHS Employers