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Chief Nursing Officer for England's Summit 2013

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All the news and announcements from day two of the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s summit 2013


Day 2: Wednesday 27 November


09:15 - Ashley Brookes, National Patient Champion, tells delegates that patients and public should be given a voice to praise the NHS and its staff


Patient panel

Ashley Brookes, National Patient Champion, and others during a patient panel at the CNO Summit 2013

09:30 - Ruth May, NHS England chief nurse for East and Midlands, highlights the importance of safe staffing. She tells summit that “culture” should be the 7th ‘C’, making the point that the key to safe staffing is the creation of a cultural shift and the courage to make bold decisions. There is a need for a strong evidence base on what makes staffing levels safe and for levels to be assessed on a shift-by-shift basis.

Ruth May

Ruth May, NHS England chief nurse for Midlands and East

Ruth May goes through the 10 expectations of new safe staffing guidance. NICE are to take over work on staffing and issue guidance for a range of settings from July 2014.



Announces that reserach in to 12 hour shifts is to start in December.



Ruth May tells delegates the government’s new guidance on staffing levels should be seen as a “giant step forward” to “normalise” what is already “business as usual” in some of the best NHS organisations.


11:00 - Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing at Public Health England, takes to the stage to discuss the future of public health nursing and midwifery.



Ms Bennett calls for a greater focus on young carers and support for health professionals working with them.

Highlights domestic violence as a current public health concern.

Professor Viv Bennett

Professor Viv Bennett, director of nursing at Department of Health and Public Health England


11:30 - Social media and mobile technology workshop delivers the message that “social media flattens hierarchy”, challenges isolation for agency nurses and offers learning and support opportunities for all healthcare professionals.


13:00 - Paul Scandrett, Director of Healthcare at Allocate Software, says putting nursing in charge of staffing would not work - it needs to be a whole board approach.

15:00 - Nursing Times and Student Nursing Times ask readers what they would ask Jeremy Hunt when he arrives at 15:45:





15:30 - Nursing Times editor, Jenni Middleton, welcomes Jeremy Hunt to the stage.



Jeremy Hunt says high pressure on A&Es has not affected waiting times, thanks to the hard work of NHS staff.

Highlights the need to recruit more caremakers and suggests a 7th ‘C’ could be Christmas: Recruit a new caremaker by Christmas.



Jeremy Hunt talks about the importance of highlighting concerns. Nurses have a responsibility to speak out both about incidences and “near-misses”. Calls for legal protection for staff who own-up to mistakes.

Hunt announces the decision not to set minimum staffing levels was due to minimum levels “not being sensitive enough”.

Jeremy Hunt_CNO Summit

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, addresses delegates at CNO Summit



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  • I'd be interested to know it there is any empirical evaluation of Compassion in Practice. Has anybody been commissioned to do this?

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