NHS Employers responds to The Cavendish Review final report

Dean Royles

10 / 7 / 2013 Midnight

Dean Royles says we need to use and build upon leading employment practice and the great work that already exists in the NHS in taking the recommendations of the review forward.

Responding to the Government’s publication of The Cavendish Review final report today (10 July 2013), Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:

“The Cavendish Review is a welcome contribution to the debate on how the NHS can best deliver high quality, compassionate and dignified care.

“It recognises the work employers have put in to ensure nursing support staff are an essential, well supervised part of the team. Strong recruitment, induction and development programmes are widespread in the NHS, helping ensure healthcare assistants are supported to do a fantastic job.

“Nursing support workers are often unappreciated by society, often working in very challenging circumstances, and it’s important this is being acknowledged. But they provide a crucial role in ensuring compassionate care. They are as much a part of patients’ experience of the NHS as registered nurses or doctors.

“As the report’s implications are worked-though, we want to see a sustained focus on recognising the strengths of localised workforce strategies in delivering for patients - and the opportunities that arise for bringing greater clarity to the role of these essential staff.

“We look forward to working with the Government and other stakeholders to take forward the proposals, ensuring they are workable and in the best interests of patient care.

“In taking the recommendations of the review forward we need to use and build upon leading employment practice and the great work that already exists in the NHS. We need to ensure that we strike the right balance between national standards and local delivery, ensuring we don’t create central approaches that carry unnecessary administrative burdens.” 

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