Chief Nursing Officer for England, Christine Beasley, will be visiting Ashford Hospital, near Staines on Wednesday 9th February to speak at a major regional conference on clinical benchmarking. Hosted jointly with Surrey Oaklands NHS Trust the conference with around 100 participants will hear from both Ms Beasley and John Lancaster MBE, Programme Director, Essence of Care about the future of clinical standard setting in the NHS. The conference will also be addressed by former Essence of Care Programme Director, John Badham.

The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) is the Government's most senior nursing adviser. The CNO has responsibility for delivering the Government's strategy for nursing, ‘Making a Difference’, and leads over 597,625 nurses, midwives and health visitors and allied health professionals. Most recently she has been charged with leading the Department of Health’s initiatives on infection control and cleaning.

Journalists are invited to join conference delegates in the morning on 9th February to hear John Lancaster speak at 10:00a.m. and Christine Beasley speak at 10:30a.m. The conference is being held in the Education Centre at Ashford Hospital. Coffee and registration is from 09:15 and the conference is being opened at 09:45 with a welcome from the Trust Chairman, Clive Thompson CBE.

'The Essence of Care' programme was launched in 2001 and was designed to support measures to improve quality across the NHS. The programme has contributed to the introduction of clinical governance at a local level in the NHS on which Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals have taken a major lead. The benchmarking process outlined in 'The Essence of Care' helps practitioners to take a structured approach to sharing and comparing practice, enabling them to identify the best and to develop action plans to remedy poor practice.

Glenn Douglas, Chief Executive at Ashford & St. Peter’s said: “At Ashford and St. Peter’s we were one of the first newly merged acute hospital Trusts to achieve national (CNST) clinical standards and we have taken a lead on developing and implementing the ‘Essence of Care’ programme. We are very pleased that Chief Nurse Christine Beasley and both the current and former Essence of Care Programme Directors John Lancaster and John Badham, are able to join us at this important conference.”

 

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