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New badges mooted by CNO to reward nursing excellence


The chief nursing officer for England is planning to introduce two new badges designed to reward excellence by nursing staff and teams.

The idea was revealed by Dr Ruth May to senior nurses yesterday at the CNO summit in Birmingham, including a potential design for the badges.

The aim of the new recognition wards would be to recognise and award individuals – and potentially teams – who have “excelled in their performance”.

Under the new CNO’s plan, each year the chosen nurses or midwives would be given a silver or gold CNO or chief midwifery officer badge.

The draft criteria to qualify for a silver badge was presented as being for “performance that goes beyond the expectations of the job”.

Meanwhile, the gold badge would be for “outstanding achievements or an exceptional, significant contribution by an individual with a distinguished career in nursing and midwifery”.

Delegates were asked to consider whether the awards should be decided by self-nomination, nomination by colleagues or some other method, and whether they should only be open to NHS employees.

The appointment of the country’s first chief midwifery officer was announced at the conference yesterday, with Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent set to take up the role on 1 April.

The plans were presented on Wednesday by Professor Dunkley-Bent and newly-appointed deputy chief nursing officer Professor Mark Radford.

CNO Summit 2019

Silver and gold badges

Slide showing how the new badges might look


Readers' comments (5)

  • I can't think of any other profession where this idea wouldn't be laughed out of the room.

    Can you imagine the response from doctors, teachers or social workers if they were offered a badge as a reward for exceptional performance?

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  • Not sure Iv met a nurse who doesn't go beyond the expectation of the job! What a backhanded insult .

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  • Well said the two of you.

    Another digression to avoid discussing the need for the return of the bursary.

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  • Are we children being rewarded with stickers for good behaviour?

    How insulting.

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  • What no GOLD star and certificate to put on the fridge door. This would be insulting if it wasn't so laughable. If this is the best they can come up with maybe we need new people at the top with fresh ideas. We all work above and beyond our role, pay grade and job descriptions and always have in my experience. In 37 years of Nursing this has got to be the one that takes the biscuit as we used to say.

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