On 9 June 2010 the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley MP, announced a full public inquiry into the role of the commissioning, supervisory and regulatory bodies in the monitoring of Mid Staffordshire Foundation NHS Trust.
The Inquiry is established under the Inquiries Act 2005 and is chaired by Robert Francis QC, who will make recommendations to the Secretary of State based on the lessons learnt from Mid Staffordshire. It will build on the work of his earlier independent inquiry into the care provided by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust between January 2005 and March 2009.
To inform the “forward focussed” recommendations of the report, the Inquiry team are running a series of seminars to enable a broader discussion on some of the key themes raised by the evidence so far. The aim is to give the Inquiry an opportunity to engage some of the wider stakeholders in health and draw on their experience and expertise. The seminars will not make recommendations to the Chairman, but will provide ideas and information that will form part of the material to be considered by him as he drafts his final report.
PATIENTSTORIES is participating in four out of the seven seminars. You call follow our live reporting of these events via our twitter account @PATIENTSTORY
So far we have attended the seminars on regulation and organisational culture and next week we are attending seminars on nursing and patient experience
We will be publishing an article on this website during late November in which will reflect upon our experience of these seminars and consider the value of the debates that took place.
You can find out more about the seminars including viewing the presentations and papers by visiting the Inquiry Team website