Published Fri, 2012-09-21 13:15; updated 4 years ago.

Some of the "key themes" raised by the Public Inquiry into the failings at Stafford Hospital are to be explored in a series of seminars to be held around the country.

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, which is drawing to a close after nearly a year, will hold the first seminar in Manchester on 13 October.

The Inquiry has been examining the commissioning, supervisory and regulatory organisations in relation to their monitoring role at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust between January 2005 and March 2009 and why the serious problems at the trust were not identified and acted on sooner. It has also been identifying important lessons to be learned for the future of patient care.

The series of seven seminars, which will begin after the main hearings come to an end, are aimed at explore the "forward-looking" part of the Inquiry terms of reference.

Announcing the seminars, Inquiry chairman Robert Francis QC said they would "help draw lessons from events at the trust for the benefit of the wider system". 

He added: "They're intended to enable a broader discussion of some of the key themes raised by the evidence so far, and will give the inquiry an opportunity to engage some of the wider stakeholders in health drawing on their experience and expertise. It's not intended that these seminars will make recommendations to the inquiry, but to provide ideas and information that will form part of the material to be considered by me as I draft my report. 

"At each seminar a number of papers or presentations will be given by invited speakers, with the aim that they prompt a frank and constructive discussion about the lessons to be learnt." 

The seminars are: Thursday, 13 October in Manchester on "regulation methods"; Tuesday, 18 October in Leeds on "development and training for trust leaders"; Wednesday, 19 October in Leeds on "information"; Tuesday, 25 October in London on "organisational culture"; Monday, 31 October in London on "nursing"; Wednesday, 2 November in Stafford on "patients' experience"; Thursday, 3 November in London on "commissioning". 

Participation in the seminars is by invitation only. However, a small number of places will be made available for members of the public to attend as observers, on a first come, first served basis. To register, contact the Inquiry team by email, phone or post. Contact details are available on the Inquiry’s website.