Public Sector Event

Implementing the Named Responsible Nurse and Doctor in Hospital

Venue: ICO Conference Centre
22 Berners Street

Date: 3 Oct 2014

Synopsis: New guidance from the Academy will, for the first time, make doctors responsible for the whole of a patient's care during their stay in hospital. The so-called 'name over the bed' initiative will make it clear to patients, their carers, nurses and relatives, which doctor is ultimately responsible for all aspects of their care. The guidelines also say a 'Named Nurse' should be available to provide patients with information about their care and should be a primary point of contact.


The move follows one of the Francis Report's key recommendations that if a named clinician were accountable throughout a patient's treatment in hospital then patient safety and the overall quality of care could be improved. It will help make sure that patients are only discharged if it is in their best interests, with appropriate support from friends, family or carers and when it is safe and clinically appropriate to so, particularly if a patient is vulnerable.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP said:

'Patients tell us that, too often, their care isn't joined up. That's why every patient should have a single responsible clinician whose job it is to help them with anything that goes wrong and make sure they get the care they need. This guidance will make that a reality – it has been developed by clinicians, for clinicians, and is a huge step forward for patient safety.

Chaired by Mark Easton, BBC Home Editor, this timely conference focuses on implementing the named responsible doctor and nurse in hospital, including the new Academy of Medical Royal College recommendations, improving continuity of care through ensuring every patient in hospital has a named doctor and nurse responsible for their care over the whole hospital stay.


Kerry Tarrant 01932 429933 020 8181 6491 (fax)