Patients first and foremost

The King's Fund
Event type: 
Board Leadership Programme

About this event

The Government’s initial response to the ‘Francis Inquiry’ was set out in Patients First and Foremost, which was published on 26 March. Mary Agnew, Deputy Director of the Public Inquiry Response Team at the Department of Health, will present a five-point plan detailing proposals for: preventing problems, detecting problems quickly, taking action promptly, ensuring robust accountability, and ensuring staff are trained and motivated.

The Francis Inquiry puts culture at the heart of the conversation about high quality health care. The plan proposes a statement of common purpose focused on the changes each and every organisation commits to making in the wake of Francis’ many recommendations. Hospitals have been asked to respond publicly this year.

This event will provide boards with a clearer understanding of the Department of Health’s priorities and of what they will be expected to do in order to satisfy themselves and external stakeholders that they are taking culture, leadership and regulation seriously.

This session features Mary Agnew, Deputy Director, Public Inquiry Response Team, Department of Health.


Mary Agnew

Mary Agnew is Deputy Director of the Department of Health team set up to respond to the Francis Inquiry. She has previously worked in the Department's strategy group, led development of the stroke strategy, worked in the No 10 policy team and in developing Every Child Matters.