Accountability is a key concern for nurses and midwives in the NHS today. Professional accountability - being responsible for your actions and for the outcomes of these actions - is part of the framework of clinical governance, which aims to provide good quality, cost-effective, evidence-based care. The second edition of Accountability in Nursing and Midwifery addresses current issues and key concerns in accountability, focusing on accountability in the four main branches of nursing (adult, child, learning disabilities and mental health), as well as in midwifery, community nursing, and nursing management. In an increasingly litigious society, the ethical and legal implications of accountability are growing and it is important that nurses understand the implications for everyday practice.
Stephen Tilley is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Roger Watson is a Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, Social Work and Applied Health Studies at the University of Hull.
1. Introduction.2. The Development of Nursing as an Accountable Profession.3. Accountability and Clinical Governance in Nursing: a Critical Overview of the Topic.4. Accountability and Clinical Governance.5. The Legal Accountability of the Nurse.6. Accountability & Clinical Governance: A Policy Perspective.7. Accountability in NHS Trusts.8. Accountability and Clinical Governance in Nursing: a Manager's Perspective.9. Working with Children: Accountability and Paediatric Nursing.10. Accountability and Clinical Governance in Learning Disability Nursing.11. Where Does the Buck Stop? - Accountability in Midwifery.12. Accountability in Community Nursing.13. Accounts, Accounting and Accountability in Psychiatric Nursing.14. Accountability in Nursing Research