Customer care in the NHS

Ruddick, Fred (2015) Customer care in the NHS. Nursing Standard, 29 (20). pp. 37-42.

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Viewing individuals in need of NHS care as customers has the potential to refocus the way their care is delivered. This article highlights some of the benefits of reframing the nurse-patient relationship in terms of customer care, and draws parallels between good customer care and the provision of high quality patient care in the NHS. It explores lessons to be learned from those who have studied the customer experience, which can be adapted to enhance the customer care experience within the health service. Developing professional expertise in the knowledge and skills that underpin good-quality interpersonal encounters is essential to improve the customer experience in health care and should be prioritised alongside the development of more technical skills. Creating a culture where emotional intelligence, caring and compassion are essential requirements for all nursing staff will improve patient satisfaction.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Nursing Standard
Publisher: RCN Publishing
ISSN: 2047-9018
Departments: Academic Departments > Nursing, Health & Professional Practice (NHPP)
Additional Information: customer care; customer experience; emotional intelligence; person-centred care; quality of care
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 13:01
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 18:00


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