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Magnet - Our journey to nursing excellence

Nurses It is our ambition to be nationally and internationally-renowned for standards of care, and our journey to Magnet recognition will help us to get there. This will build on the solid foundations evidenced by the 'Good' rating we have recieved as a Trust in the Care Quality Commission report.


The Magnet recognition programme® advances 3 goals within healthcare organisations:

  • promote quality in a setting that supports professional practice
  • identify excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients
  • disseminate best practices in nursing services.


What is Magnet® recognition?

Magnet recognition is an organisational credential awarded to exceptional healthcare organisations that meet the ANCC (American Nurses’ Credentialing Center) standards for quality patient care, nursing and midwifery excellence and innovations in professional nursing and midwifery practice.

Magnet designation is the highest international distinction a healthcare organisation can receive for nursing and midwifery excellence and quality of care that is delivered (ANCC 2013).

It provides a benchmark framework to create an optional healthcare work environment that achieves extraordinary workplace cultures, delivers the highest standards of care and most importantly, achieves exemplary patient outcomes (ANCC 2013).

Being recognised by the ANCC as a Magnet hospital means that the institution has demonstrated excellence in patient care. Not only does this designation provide a benchmark for patients, carers and the public to measure the quality of care they should expect at a hospital, but it also attracts and retains the best nurses.

Magnet designation will demonstrate that Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust is internationally excellent and confirm that NUH’s nursing and midwifery care is world class. Magnet accreditation will establish NUH as a place of choice for patients, family and staff. This said, world-class care is not a destination but a journey of ongoing improvement, always seeking to respond to patient and staff feedback and quality of care outcomes.


Why is NUH applying for Magnet recognition?

Magnet status isn’t about a badge, it’s about a journey to create workplace conditions that ensure nurses and midwives can lead and deliver the very best care for patients, their families and carers.

Magnet recognition enables hospitals to:

  • attract and retain top talent
  • improve patient care, safety and satisfaction
  • foster a collaborative culture
  • advance nursing and midwifery standards and practice



What is the Journey to Magnet Excellence®?

Creating and sustaining a culture of excellence is what it means to be on the Magnet journey. The process of applying for Magnet designation is thorough and lengthy, demanding widespread participation within the organisation. Healthcare organisations find the journey to be a revealing self-assessment, creating opportunity for organisational advancement, team building and enhancement of individual professional self-esteem.


How long will it take?

Our journey to Magnet recognition is a long one as it requires real culture change and demonstration of consistently excellent patient and staff outcomes. We have been working towards this goal for several years through our developments in education, research, nurse and midwife led innovation and shared governance. The application process for Magnet recognition could take up to another three years.

In 2018/19 we will be preparing our submission to be the first Trust in the UK to achieve Magnet accreditation. 

Contact us

For more information please contact Dr Kerry Jones, Magnet Programme Director 


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