A panel of senior nursing figures welcomed the five year plan for the NHS in England, particularly praising its focus on collaboration between disciplines and sectors, during a debate at this year’s chief nursing officer for England’s summit.
Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, director of nursing for Health Education England, recalled being at the CNO Summit two years previously, saying “I’ve learnt over the last two years that we are stronger together”.
“It’s not easy at times, but I think we’re all learning we have to come together and find out how we can align ourselves. I think that’s one of the greatest strengths of the document,” she said.
“As healthcare professionals, whatever our roles, it is a brilliant opportunity to shape the future and make it work”
Speakers were also impressed by the emphasis on prevention.
“We need to lose the mystic about public health, because in effect we are all public health professionals, we are all engaged in the prevention agenda,” argued Suzanne Rastrick, chief allied health professions officer at NHS England.
“As leaders, I think we’ve got to dissolve that mystic,” she told delegates during the panel discussion at the conference in Manchester last week.
The Five Year Forward View was published in late October, and sets out a vision for the future of the health service. It was developed by organisations including NHS England, Public Health England, the Care Quality Commission with patient groups also providing their advice.
“For me, the most important is that this is a document that’s been written by the NHS and for the NHS,” stated chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings.
“It is really important to have something that been developed by those who run and who work in the services, and it gives us the ability to take control over what we think is the right thing to do alongside our patients,” she said.
“As healthcare professionals, whatever our roles, it is a brilliant opportunity to shape the future and make it work,” she added.