The Oxford Statement

‘No more heroes’: The Oxford Statement on fundamental care in times of crises

The International Learning Collaborative (ILC) Oxford Statement, outlines our commitment to ensuring health and care systems are equipped to meet patients’ fundamental care needs during times of unprecedented crisis.

The content was developed via a co-design process with participants during the ILC’s 2022 international conference.

Through this statement, the ILC has outlined what we do and do not want to see within our health and care systems when faced with the challenges of caring for patients during global pandemics and other crises. Specifically, we want fundamental care delivery to be seen as the minimum standard rather than the exception across our health and care systems. We want nursing leaders to call out and stand up for the importance of building fundamental care into systems, processes and funding priorities. We do not want to see the voices of nursing leaders quashed or minimized in favour of other agendas. In turn, what we want to see is greater recognition of fundamental care work and greater respect for the people who do it.

Through publishing this peer reviewed article in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, we have ensured this important paper will be open access and thus available to all. 

The ILC reiterates it’s thanks to all conference attendees for their valuable contribution to highlighting the importance of fundamental care.