Allocating named or key nurses to individual patients is not to be made mandatory, the government response to the Francis report has said.

Although this step is encouraged by the Department of Health, organisations are to decide locally if this is necessary.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is producing key principles with worked examples on how a named nurse system can be implemented in a way that sustains professional support.

The government’s full response to the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust was published today.

In its response report – Hard Truths: the journey to putting patients first – the government has accepted 281 of the 290 recommendations made by the Francis report in February.