Published: 21 June 2024

Sir Robert Francis delivers keynote speech at Community Nursing Conference

Barrister Sir Robert Francis (KC) shared examples from his career influencing healthcare during his keynote talk at the Improving Safety and Quality in Community Nursing Conference on Wednesday 5 June, organised by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. 

In a wide-ranging, informal speech Sir Francis covered a broad spectrum of topics, from his report of the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry (2013) to more recent work establishing the National Guardian Office and Freedom to Speak Up guardians. 

Professor Jill Maben, Professor of Health Services Research and Nursing, presented her research ‘Care Under Pressure: How nurses workplace experiences can impact quality of patient care’, while the importance of nurses' mental health was developed by Professor Emma Wadey as she shared the positive impact that the Professional Nurse Advocacy programme has made on nurse wellbeing and thereafter on the quality of patient care.  

It was a pleasure to welcome back a past student, Karina Redfern, and her colleague Stacey Leech, who presented Project Echo from Solent NHS Foundation Trust and South Paediatric Neurosciences ODN. They discussed how the project has expanded across the South of England improving care and leading with the voice of the young person and their families during transition to adult services through enhanced collaboration and information sharing with interdisciplinary teams.   

Afternoon workshops provided opportunities to hear from Professor Caroline Nicholson, Jess Foster, Amanda Holland and Dr Nikki Pitman. They shared their research and professional influence aimed at improving the quality of care that community nurses provide in a variety of settings. 

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