Department of Health Policies

Compassion in Practice is the vision and strategy for nursing, midwifery and care staff.  It sets out a shared purpose to deliver high quality, compassionate care and to achieve excellent health and wellbeing outcomes.

The strategy centres on core values and behaviours recognised by staff, patients and carers alike. These are encapsulated in the 6Cs: Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment.

Each of these key values has been defined through extensive consultation with patients, nurses, midwives and care staff.  The aim was and is to get back to the very essence of what great care means for patients and how we can put far reaching changes in place that translate into real improvements for our patients and the staff who care for them.

For more information see:  http://www.6cs.england.nhs.uk/pg/dashboard and    http://www.england.nhs.uk/nursingvision/

The NHS five year forward view, published in October 2014 by NHS England, is a blueprint for NHS renewal and sustainability over the next five years. It sets out a positive vision for the future focusing on health care prevention, empowering patients and engaging communities. The five year forward view is based around seven new models of care that will be developed to suit local needs.  One of these models of care is Multi-specialty community providers, which the work of The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation and Leg Clubs falls under.  Under this new care model GP group practices would expand, bring in nurses and community health services, hospital specialists and others to provide integrated out-of-hospital care. These practices would shift the majority of outpatient consultations and ambulatory care to out-of-hospital communtiy settings.

The other six models of care are: primary and acute care systems, urgent and emergency care networks, viable smaller hospitals, specialised care, modern maternity services and enhanced health in care homes.

To read more about the NHS five year forward view click here:

http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/5yfy-web.pdf
 

The Department of Health has updated The Health and Social Care Act 2008 to include a Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance. The document builds on the previous Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice to reflect the structural changes that took effect in the NHS from 1st April 2013. It will apply to registered providers of all healthcare and adult social care in England.

The Code of Practice further embeds the role of infection prevention (including cleanliness) by setting out ten criteria against which the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will judge a registered provider on how it complies with the infection prevention requirements. These will ensure that consistently high levels of infection prevention (including cleanliness) are developed and maintained.

To read more about the Code of Practice click here: PDF