The United Lincolnshire Trust is taken to task for its poor record keeping, associated with poor standards of care. Where were the managers? What kind of compaints does this Trust get? It would be easy to pick on the front line staff - and they must be responsible for either actions or inaction that led to this situation. However someone should have been checking the quality of the care on offer, and looking for the evidence it was being deliverred. Nurse leadership would help with this; providing a framework for staff to learn and develop. It'll be the spring before the CQC reports - I'd put money on this saying nurse leadership is lacking, and the United Lincolnshire Trust have been tasked with making immediate improvements. I hope the managers are up to it. The staff will need support and opportunities to develop - I don't hold out much hope for that in the current financial situation.
Meanwhile NHS Trusts are still in a state of flux over nurse leadership and its importance - a survey has found areas where development of leaders takes place - but plenty of evidence leadership and management are being held back by financial pressures. The survey was following up after the Francis inquiry into Mid Staffs last year.
My esteemed colleague Dave Dawes head of the Foundation of Nursing Leadership was quoted a saying: "It’s sad that nursing leadership has been identified as an issue in almost every [NHS] inquiry in the last 20 years.