Remember the 6Cs? This week, the Chief Nursing Officer for England, Jane Cummings, unveiled a new framework for nurses, midwives and care staff, which is the successor to the 2012 Compassion in Practice strategy aka “the 6Cs”. Called Leading Change, Adding Value, it is centred on 10 commitments, which include having the “right staff in the right places at the right time”.
Unions and Care England have welcomed it. In particular, unions like the focus on prevention and public health but the RCN warns there is not enough resource in this area at the moment. Representatives from the care home sector have welcomed the framework for “at last” recognising staff in the sector as being equal partners to those in the NHS.
Meanwhile, Health Education England has finally approved its action plan in response to the Shape of Caring review - which was published last year - after months of engagement activities. We already know HEE is leading the consultation on nursing associates, which was based on a recommendation made in the review. New things in its action plan include the development of an apprenticeship standard for registered nursing, plus a commitment to work with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to review whether pre-registration students should spend more time learning general skills before specialising in a branch of nursing.
At the same meeting, HEE also provided an update on fill rates for nurse training courses so far for this academic year. It found a rapid increase in the number of health visitors trained in recent years had led to fewer than expected being recruited to course places for 2015-16, with around 12% of places empty.
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There’s an update on the Morecambe Bay NMC hearings from last week – the chair of the inquiry has criticised the NMC for his ‘lamentable failure’ in its response to the inquiry:
The Department of Health has said it intends to publish plans to overhaul professional regulation in the autumn: