In response to the Government’s statement today on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said:
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (the Academy) and all its constituent member Colleges and Faculties strongly supported the central messages, principles and recommendations of the Francis report when it was published in February 2013.
The Academy and its members recognised that there were shocking failures in care at Mid Staffordshire Trust and systematic breakdowns in how the NHS safeguarded the quality of care for patients. They accepted that all professionals, from the medical and nursing profession to managers had a share in the responsibility for this failing.
The Academy and its members therefore welcome positive actions taken to implement the Report’s recommendations and ensure quality of care must be the foremost priority for all involved in the delivery of health services. The Academy, Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties are keen to work with Government and other bodies to implement change.
In practical terms the Academy and its member Colleges and Faculties are:
- Drawing up implementation plans for how they and others can effect a major change in patient care and professionalism among medical practitioners
- Identifying which of the report’s recommendations they can actively help implement and where they can lend support
- Holding a seminar in April for Colleges and Faculties to prioritise and develop their activity and proposals
- Developing a programme and tools to support clinicians and managers in deciding priorities and ensuring quality in difficult financial circumstances.
Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties are looking specifically at change through education and training, clinical standards, quality of care and raising concerns. Examples of such work include:
- The revision of quality assurance systems to identify and review unsatisfactory performance in pathology departments (Royal College of Pathologists)
- Working with trusts to support clinicians in creating a culture where the clinical voice is strong (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
- Launching a Clinical Accreditation Service to allow Trusts and Boards to benchmark service provision against evidence based standards (Royal College of Anaesthetists).