27 / 2 / 2015 9.01am
Back from paternity leave, and a second note from me this week - this time to follow up on the publication of Kate Lampard’s ‘Lessons Learnt’ report, detailing the investigations into the abuse by Jimmy Savile on NHS premises. The report, published today, stands alongside 16 independent investigations undertaken by the NHS trusts involved, including the delayed report on Stoke Mandeville.
In his speech in the House of Commons this morning, the Secretary of State for Health has announced that he will be accepting 13 of the 14 recommendations made in the report with a view to further consultation being undertaken to consider how these actions will be implemented.
The Care Quality Commission, NHS Trust Development Authority, NHS England and Monitor have this afternoon issued a joint statement outlining the ways of working for professional bodies. Read the statement in full.
I have provided a summary of the key recommendations that are most relevant to employers. I hope that you will find this helpful to inform your board and senior management team.
- All NHS hospital trusts should develop a policy for agreeing to and managing visits by celebrities, VIPs and other official visitors. The policy should apply to all such visits without exception.
- All NHS trusts should review their voluntary services arrangements and ensure that they are fit for purpose, volunteers are properly selected, recruited and trained and are subject to appropriate management and supervision. All voluntary services managers have development opportunities and are properly supported.
- All NHS hospital trusts should undertake regular reviews of their safeguarding resources, structures and processes (including training programmes) and the behaviours and responsiveness of management staff in relation to safeguarding issues; and that their arrangements are robust and operate as effectively as possible.
- All NHS hospital trusts should devise a robust trust-wide policy setting out how access by patients and visitors to the internet, to social networks and other social media activities such as blogs and Twitter is managed and, where necessary restricted. Such policy should be widely publicised to staff, patients and visitors and should be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary.
- All NHS hospital trusts should ensure that arrangements and processes for the recruitment, checking, general employment and training of contract and agency staff are consistent with their own internal HR processes and standards; and that these are subject to monitoring and oversight by their own HR managers.
- All NHS hospital trusts should review their recruitment, checking, training and general employment processes to ensure they operate in a consistent and robust manner across all departments and functions; and overall responsibility for these matters rests with a single executive director.
Further information about the 14 recommendations can be found on the NHS Employers website.
The full report, and details about the separate investigations into the 16 trusts can be found on the gov.uk website.
You can also listen to the Secretary of State for Health’s statement in full on the Parliamentary website.
I hope that you find this summary useful but please feel to send any comments or feedback you may have on how we can help and support you to implement these changes by contacting me at Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Executive, NHS Employers