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Nursing forum members will not be 'great and the good'

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The prime minister’s new forum on nursing will be made up of frontline staff and also look at standards in social care, health minister Paul Burstow has said.

Mr Burstow was giving evidence last Tuesday to the final session of the Commons’ health select committee inquiry into social care.

He told MPs that while the forum’s creation had been “reported as being primarily about nursing”, it would also look at social care and be called the Nursing and Care Quality Forum. He said it would have a “very clear focus not just on the NHS and quality of care but on the social care sector as well”.

The forum is to be chaired by patient advocate and former nurse Sally Brearley. Although details of the other members are yet to be revealed, Mr Burstow said it would “not be made up of the great and the good, but is actually being made up of frontline staff”.

As revealed by nursingtimes.net earlier this month, the forum will be charged with increasing frontline nursing leadership and ensuring best practice is widely adopted. It is one of a group of measures targeted at nursing announced by David Cameron.

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  • Tinkerbell

    'not made up of the great and good' is that some kind of back handed compliment or what? Words 'p** up' and 'brewery' spring to mind when it comes to this government making any kind of coherent sense. I guess us frontline staff should just take it as a compliment.

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  • Mr Burstow said it would “not be made up of the great and the good, but is actually being made up of frontline staff”.

    what an insult!

    by extension, this suggests that nurses and other front line staff are the little and the bad!

    I must have been living under some very serious misapprehension and grave delusions of grandeur as I always believed that the great and the good are the front line staff.

    if this is not the case, please could someone reorient me by explaining who these mythical 'great and the good' might be?






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  • gosh, if I hadn't deluded myself into thinking that we nurses and front line workers are all the greatest and best thing since sliced bread I might have left for another career.

    now my delusions are totally shattered and I am cut to the quick!

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  • "What does she do for a living?"

    Oh, she's only a nurse.

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  • 'ensuring best practice is widely adopted'

    How exactly, when services are commissioned and all info is commercially sensitive and therefore behind a wall of competition law???

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  • Tinkerbell

    Mr Burstow couldn't you be better employed teaching your granny how to suck eggs!

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  • Tinkerbell

    we know what we're doing unfortunately you appear clueless.

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  • I AM GREAT, I AM GOOD

    IN FACT i AM THE VERY GREATEST

    lets adopt the Cassius Clay approach and believe in ourselves, even if nobody else does. That is their problem, they are the losers.

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  • Nurses are the Great and the Good, now politicians how should we describe them????
    You can tell its not an election year with comments of that caliber.

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  • from Anonymous | 21-Jan-2012 6:46 pm

    look at it from another perspective!

    "Nursing forum members will not be 'great and the good'"

    so why aren't we being given the very best? La crème de la crème!

    another way of looking at it.

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