Author of Francis report becomes patron of The Florence Nightingale Foundation


Robert Francis QC, who recently led the review into failings at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and whose report changed NHS attitudes to care and quality, has agreed to become a Patron of The Florence Nightingale Foundation.

In taking on this new role, Mr Francis said: ‘I am very honoured to be asked to be a Patron of the Foundation.  I believe that it is a beacon of everything which is valuable and admirable about the vocation of nursing.   I look forward to supporting the Foundation in promoting the values and standards which are so important for high quality care for patients.’

Foundation Chairman Bryan Sanderson said: ‘The Florence Nightingale Foundation is delighted to announce that Robert has consented to become a Patron.  We are honoured to welcome such a distinguished advocate of all that is good in the health service.  We look forward to working with him to further our objectives of improving patient care by our support for nurses and midwives.’

Chief Executive Professor Elizabeth Robb said: ‘We are thrilled that Robert has agreed to be our Patron. Through his work, both during the Mid-Staffs review and elsewhere in the health field, he has proven to be a true champion of the continuing drive for greater quality and accountability in the NHS. This chimes very much with our own stated aims of developing learning amongst our nurses and midwives and the need for evidence based, patient centred clinical care.’

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