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The Oxford Model

This exemplary professional practice model builds on Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) values of excellence, compassion, respect, delivery, learning and improvement and blends those values with nursing and midwifery theories and expert input based on the lived experience of Oxford nurses and midwives.

The model is consistent with the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code, the Care Quality Commission key lines of enquiry, the OUH Quality Priorities and the principles of the Magnet Recognition Program.

The model comprises:

  • exceptional transformational leadership
  • innovative models of care
  • exemplary professional practice
  • leading edge research
  • practice and career enhancing clinical education

The Oxford model is characterised by the following values and intentions:

  • The primacy of individualised, person centred care
  • The importance of explicit, evidence-based care delivery models based on the international benchmarking of clinical quality indicators
  • The importance of self and colleague wellbeing
  • The centrality of evidence-based policy, practice and innovation to the practice standards that underpin the Oxford model
  • The importance of a competent workforce committed to life long learning and professional development, especially in transitioning new graduates to become competent registrants, clinical certification and in transitioning experience registrants to Advanced Practice roles or Leadership roles
  • The importance of professional decision-making and shared governance and for nurses and midwives to lead on all decisions that impact their practice
  • Placing importance on interdisciplinary teamwork, especially with medical colleagues, managers and with academic and health and social care partners
  • Actively promote, clinically led retention and recruitment

Oxford nurses and midwives at all levels are clinical leaders and champion the Oxford model through a number of behaviours and commitments.

  • Authenticity, caring and compassion, with people in our care and each other
  • Being a visible ambassador for the Oxford model and relishing opportunities to share best practice with colleagues locally, nationally and internationally
  • Continuously role modelling and promoting the highest standards of safe practice, appropriate delegation to unregistered staff and individualised care
  • Demonstrating a passion for the unique knowledge and contribution of the disciplines of nursing and / or midwifery, which is the cornerstone to being an effective multidisciplinary team player
  • Enthusiastically role modelling life-long learning and succession planning for self and others
  • Prioritising self and colleague wellbeing, work-life balance and resilience
  • Focusing on evidence-based leadership, research and innovation