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9 Key Findings in the Executive Summary

In February 2013 the final report of the public inquiry into the management and poor practices within the Mid-Staffordshire Health Trust was published; consisting of an Executive Summary and three volumes of more than 1000 pages. The reason for the size of this report was the intense public and political interest into the way in which the operations of a public body, the healthcare trust, had failed to promote patient care and had seemed to create a climate where abuse and neglect of patients, particularly the elderly, was commonplace under a management that was more focused on financial performance and the status of the organisation than supporting and sustaining a culture of professional care. The background to the setting up of the inquiry can be found here on WikiPedia  and there is a huge range of commentary and resources which can be found by using the search terms “Francis Report” and “Mid Staffordshire Health Authority Inquiry”. One year on from the publication of the report there is much literature on what has changed as a result of the inquiry and now seems a good time to review the main findings and the recommendations of the committee of inquiry from the perspectives being developed in this blog. After this overview the next post will look at “progress” one year on from the publication of the report and how this exemplifies the issues discussed below.

The key to the Francis report was the disconnect between a managerial focus on finance and organisational status and the public expectation of professional and ethical care for all patients. This latter was overlooked, and sometimes suppressed, in an environment focused on organisational efficiency in order to achieve “Foundation Trust” status. Both the nature of this status and the Mid-Staffordshire Trust’s concern to gain this status are well described in the report, and the key issues clearly elucidated in the Executive Summary.

Francis’ 9 key concerns with the running of the Mid-Staffordshire Health Trust are summarised below. (more…)

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Economy, Community & Public Value

Last week I discussed the beginnings of the idea of a Formative Public Value and critically reviewed the issues concerning the social productivity of education as discussed by Feinstein and Sabates.  I couldn’t see substantive arguments for learning as empowerment either at an individual or community level nor any sense of engagement and the notion of community in their work. This week I will address a broader set of issues concerning Public Value moving away from the simple focus on skills for the economy.

Ursula Howard – Adult literacy learning, participative democracy and the public collective good – new life for old causes?

This is the first paper in NJE to mention and use the term “communities” and to explicitly discuss literacy and learning as social practices and move attention away from the focus on skills for the economy and underachievement towards the development of a “democratic, community-based learning culture and turning the current logic on its head.” (p66) (more…)

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