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New national strategy set for nursing profession, says CNO


The chief nursing officer for England has revealed she will be launching a new strategy for the profession, saying “the landscape has changed” since the last one was devised in 2012.

CNO Jane Cummings said her new strategy will be a follow-on from the last one, Compassion in Practice, and has called on nurses and other clinicians to provide input for its development.

Compassion in Practice, largely known for its introduction of the “6Cs” initiative – a core set of nursing values based on care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment – is due to expire in March 2016.

It also delivered safe staffing guidance in the NHS contract, a learning disability health equality framework, a barometer for organisations to gauge their culture of care, shift pattern research and resources about raising concerns.

“We aim to deliver a vision that reflects the values of the 6Cs…[and] sets a direction of travel longer than two or three years”

Jane Cummings

Speaking today in Manchester at NHS England’s Health and Care Innovation Expo 2015, the CNO said the next strategy would be designed to last longer than the previous three-year one and would also look beyond nursing and midwifery to other health and care professionals.

She said early discussions with clinicians had highlighted a series of issue to be addressed including population health, productivity, safety and staffing, service transformation, and developing and sustaining the workforce.

“In developing a follow-on strategy, we aim to deliver a vision that reflects the values of the 6Cs, is in line with the ambitions of the public and professions, addresses key challenges for providers and commissioners in relation to service delivery, sets a direction of travel longer than two or three years, and goes wider than nursing and midwifery in its appeal to other health and care professionals,” she said.

She urged nurses to engage with her team using social media and online forums to put forward their views over the coming months.


Readers' comments (3)

  • I note the rush of enthusiastic support from working nurses for this fantastic announcement!

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  • I urge Ms Cummings to spend a month as a real nurse on the shop floor before any new policies are written.

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  • is this all she has been doing all the time she has been in office, just dreaming up new strategies to replace the old ones she thought up?

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