Dr Carter accepted an invitation by Rosi Shepherd, locality manager at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, to meet staff at the two community hospitals and lead a questions and answers session. After taking a tour of the clinical departments at both hospitals and chatting to nurses and other healthcare professionals, Dr Carter gave a presentation to staff from across the trust before taking questions from the floor.
“There was a real buzz at both sites on the day of the visit, with thirty five members of staff attending the afternoon presentation,” said Rosi Shepherd. “Dr Carter spoke movingly about delivering dignity and respect in care, and shared a powerful film clip about how it feels to be an older person in hospital, which reduced many in the audience to tears. His presentation underlined the commitment of all our staff to providing compassionate and high quality care for patients across our sites.”
Carol Grimsdale, matron at Stroud General hospital and Vale Community hospital said “The afternoon was a real success, and it was great for staff to meet Dr Carter and to give him a tour of our facilities at Vale and Stroud. To have such a prestigious leader of nursing join us to listen and share in the issues nurses face every day, and reinforce the value of a nurse’s role, was a real reminder of why we do what we do.“
Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “In my role it is important to get out and see our nurses in action, and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the two community hospitals. Staff spoke openly about how much they love their jobs. Care and compassion are essential characteristics for a nurse, and I saw this in the departments I visited. With an ageing population, community nursing is becoming even more important than ever, and so it is essential we get it right. The patients I spoke to sang the praises of the nurses and the care they’re receiving, so there’s a lot to be proud about in Gloucestershire.”