Managing capability in specialist nursing practice
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Managing capability in specialist nursing practice

Pearl Avery Advanced Patient Safety Specialist, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dorchester, England
Neal Cleaver Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dorchester, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To familiarise yourself with the capability management process

  • To understand the role of compassionate leadership

  • To update your knowledge on the nurse’s professional responsibility for patient safety

Raising concerns over another nurse’s clinical practice and capability presents significant challenges, particularly in specialist clinical nursing roles. However, the support provided to nurses who raise such concerns is not always optimal. While compassionate leadership in healthcare has been stated as a priority to develop safer workplaces for staff, it must be balanced against the need to manage staff undergoing capability management processes. This article discusses how enhanced training and support for both line managers and staff can improve the capability management processes.

Nursing Management. 28, 2, 29-32. doi: 10.7748/nm.2021.e1963

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Avery P, Cleaver N (2021) Managing capability in specialist nursing practice. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2021.e1963

Published online: 02 March 2021

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