RCN backs quality measures in Darzi review

Patient nutrition, infections, falls and patient experience indicators could be used as measurements of quality of care, according to the RCN response to the Darzi review.

Lord Ara Darzi
Lord Ara Darzi

Policy Briefing 12/2008 by the RCN Policy Unit says: ‘The RCN also believes that nurse staffing and band levels should be included as they are consistently highlighted as a dominant factor in terms of delivering quality care.’

It adds that quality measures should be incorporated into policies such as Payment By Results, commissioning and the regulation of healthcare providers.

The briefing adds that polyclinics are not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. ‘Rather the shape and configuration of local health services should be based on the needs of the communities that they serve and should not result in closure of services from rural communities,’ it adds.

It fears the vision of workforce planning is strongly focused on medical workforce issues and will lead to professional silos ‘when the need is for a focus on multi-professional workforce planning’.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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