Inspiring senior nurses to lead the delivery of compassionate care
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Inspiring senior nurses to lead the delivery of compassionate care

Abigail Masterson Director, Abi Masterson Consulting, London
Elizabeth Robb Chief executive, Florence Nightingale Foundation, London
Pippa Gough Independent consultant
Sue Machell Independent consultant

Abigail Masterson and colleagues describe an innovative programme that gave participants the confidence to make changes in practice and return to the core values of nursing

The enabling compassionate care in practice programme was an innovative development programme for bands 6 and 7 nurses working with older people in all settings. It was commissioned by the Department of Health from the Florence Nightingale Foundation. A total of 117 nurses participated. They included experienced and newly appointed clinical leaders from medicine, surgery, acute specialties, community services, mental health, emergency departments, hospices and care homes.

All participants reported increases in their knowledge, understanding and practical application of the 6Cs; courage and confidence to lead; and ability to change practice. Participants also reported feeling reinvigorated and being brought back in touch with why they entered nursing. At the close of the programme most participants had already made small but significant changes in their areas for the benefit of frail older people.

Nursing Older People. 26, 8, 26-30. doi: 10.7748/nop.26.8.26.e622


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 27 July 2014

Accepted: 01 September 2014