England’s next nursing strategy will be based around 10 commitments focused on managing health in collaboration with patients, preventing poor health and maximising technology opportunities.
Key areas covered by the commitments include public health and prevention and patient-centred care, as well as safe staffing and education and training.
“There was no shortage of current strategies and no shortage of appetite for a strategy”
The new framework will replace the current national nursing strategy, Compassion in Practice, which was launched in 2012 and is due to expire at the end of this month.
Hilary Garrett, deputy chief nursing officer for England, outlined the new commitments at a conference in London earlier today, highlighting they were still in draft form and awaiting approval next week.
They include promoting a culture where improving the population’s health is a core component of practice, making nursing and midwifery leadership more visible in prevention, working with patients, families and communities to equip them to make informed choices to manage their own health.
The commitments also suggest the profession should actively respond to what matters most to staff and colleagues, evidence the impact of what they do, and have the right education, training and development to enhance their skills.
Staffing levels and productivity are also covered. For example, commitment nine states that “we will have the right staff in the right places at the right time”, while the final commitment adds: “We will maximise opportunities to use technology.”
More detail around the commitments will be revealed when the final strategy is published, expected to be in May, said Ms Garrett at the Florence Nightingale Foundation annual conference.
She told delegates the strategy had been created by engaging with nurses from July to December, culminating in a session at the chief nursing officer for England’s summit at the end of last year.
New nursing strategy focused on 10 key commitments
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“This extensive engagement exercise used traditional and contemporary methods and the learnings were huge,” she said.
“We collected 12,000 pieces of individual data and we learnt there was no shortage of current strategies and no shortage of appetite for a strategy,” said Ms Garrett.
She added that the engagement exercise had shown that nurses wanted to demonstrate what they are capable of and the new strategy highlighted that “everyone has a leadership role to play”.
Ms Garrett said that the 10 commitments had been selected as a model to frame the work because nurses and midwives felt that they had more ownership if they were given a framework that they can apply locally.
An evaluation report of the Compassion in Practice strategy, which incorporates the “6Cs” nursing values, is due to be published imminently.