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PM's nursing forum launches call for views

The Nursing and Care Quality Forum has launched a call for views from the profession.

The forum has published a detailed list of questions for its first stage review, which will report to the Prime Minister next month. It will also be visiting nursing events and services considered to be demonstrating good practice and innovation.

Forum chair Sally Brearley told Nursing Times she was also seeking ideas for good practice and themes to investigate in the forum’s second phase of work.

She said: “Our small group of members sitting in a room aren’t going to do this [alone], we need nurses who are working out there.

“We also want people’s ideas on which areas it would be useful to tackle in future, and which areas should be left well alone.”

The question list reveals some of the areas the forum is currently looking at. These include whether ward and team sisters and other leaders should be considered “supernumery” or exclusively “supervisory”, rather than having to also “manage a case load”.

One question focuses on how to ensure “nursing students are only recruited if they have the right values”, and how the “annual appraisal round [could] be used to promote these values”.

Another asks whether the “introduction of an accreditation process that recognised teams that deliver safe and effective care and create positive experiences for patients” could “be used to improve the quality of nursing care”.

Another question asks: “What are the barriers to nurses delivering the fundamental elements of good care?”

Nurses can contribute to the forum’s work at the Department of Health’s website.

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