The new national strategy for nursing in England is due to be launched later today at a conference of senior nurses.
The strategy has been drawn up by NHS Commissioning Board chief nursing officer Jane Cummings and Viv Bennett, the Department of Health’s director of nursing.
Ms Cummings set out her “vision” for the strategy to Nursing Times readers in the summer with draft proposals published for consultation several months later.
The final version of the strategy will be launched at the annual CNO’s Conference in Manchester. The theme of the two-day meeting was “Our Culture of Compassionate Care”.
At the heart of the strategy is a list of fundamental values and behaviours that Ms Cummings and Professor Bennett believe should underpin nursing: care, compassion, competence, communication and courage and commitment.
These “six Cs” are accompanied by six “areas of action”. A “credit card” sized reminder setting out both has been developed for nurses (see attached pdf, right).
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