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Nurses' untapped skills to be unleashed under Commission vision

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Nurses must unleash their untapped potential to transform quality of care, according to a vision on the future of the profession unveiled by the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery.

The commission has published a statement calling for nurses to take “centre stage” in health leadership and policy making, while retaining traditional caring skills “rooted in compassion”.

It says: “Nurses and midwives will take centre stage in health leadership, delivering efficient and effective healthcare, policy-making, service design, service management, education and research.”

“Society and the health system will value nurses and midwives not only as clinicians, but also as managers, teachers, researchers, activists, thinkers and policy-makers.”

Speaking to Nursing Times, commission chair Ann Keen said all too often, nurses were seen as providing “basic” care and were held back professionally by cultural barriers.

The commission has also published a list of “hot topics”, including the need for clarity over support roles, on which it wants further debate.

The initial vision has been agreed by the commission following an extensive engagement exercise over the summer. Further consultation events in each strategic health authority area are planned, with the first taking place in the north west on 19 October.


Hot topics:
Putting service users in the lead of managing their care
Improving the health and wellbeing of nurses and midwives
Nurses and midwives leading services
Transforming workplace cultures and relationships
Ensuring the transition to degree level registration for nursing
The need for clarity on the roles and functions of nurses and maternity support workers
The need to address the current confusion relating to role titles in nursing and midwifery to make it clearer for service users
Spreading and embedding innovation
Taking responsibility and being held to account for quality and safety in patient care
Getting nursing and midwifery staff to actively engage in achieving best value in challenging economic, environmental and technological circumstances
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  • Jon Harvey

    I am confused- the Department of Health says it is committed to innovation but does not follow through on it's words.


    Despite saying "The website that you refer to, namely , is not the flagship site for the Innovation Commitment that came out of the High Quality Care for All report and is not sponsored by the Department or the NHS, nor is it endorsed by either. It is unfortunate that you came across this site. However, I can assure you that progress is currently being made to close it down."

    The website is still up and running.

    This other website (the official website I am led to believe) is up and running:

    "The creation of NHS Evidence was announced on June 30th 2008 as part of the High Quality Care for All report from Lord Darzi, who stated that: “All NHS Staff will have access to a new NHS Evidence service where they will be able to get, through a single web-based portal, authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practices.”

    This is good

    Jon Harvey

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