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.
|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|