The chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has called on health professionals to help shape the future direction of the regulator.
Andrea Sutcliffe launched the development of the NMC’s new five-year strategy at the health union Unison’s annual health conference in Bournemouth today.
“I would like to invite all of you to be a part of the conversation”
She urged union members to be “part of the conversation”. Opening the second day of the conference with a keynote speech, Ms Sutcliffe asked delegates to offer the “top three things” that staff wanted the NMC to be thinking about in the future.
She said: “I would like to invite all of you to be a part of the conversation that we want to generate over the next year as we develop our strategy for 2020 through to 2025.”
As part of the strategy’s first phase, in the first three months, the NMC wanted to gather “lots of views from people across the country”, she explained.
Ms Sutcliffe said she wanted to hear about what healthcare professionals considered to be the “key issues” that needed to be taken into consideration in the development of the regulators’ strategy.
For those attending the conference this week, Ms Sutcliffe launched a postcard initiative for union members to fill out and post to the NMC with their feedback.
“Please avail yourselves of the opportunity to set out what you think the top three things are that we need to be thinking about,” she asked delegates.
Ms Sutcliffe also noted that feedback could be given online via the NMC website or staff could write to the regulator as well.
Collated feedback would be “translated into strategic themes”, which will then go to consultation, she added.
In her first interview with Nursing Times last month since taking on the role of NMC chief executive and registrar, Ms Sutcliffe said she was aspiring to develop the strategy in a “very inclusive way”.
The document is due to be launched in April 2020.