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Nursing Times' mission is to ensure you get heard


It’s a fantastic time to be starting as editor of Nursing Times. That is what everyone has told me in the few weeks since I joined.

And, of course, I agree. With the white paper - and nurses’ roles in the new-look NHS being debated by the profession so heavily - it’s a great time to be writing for and championing our readers. I’m delighted to be involved, and hope very much that here at the magazine we can help support nurses carve out their important - and hopefully growing - roles.

My three weeks’ experience in nursing is significantly dwarfed by the long and illustrious pedigrees of many of the nurses whom I have met since I started. But even I recognise that this is the biggest revolution of the NHS since its inception, and will change the health landscape dramatically.

Our belief, in fact I’d go so far as to say our mission, is to ensure that nurses’ voices get heard. As the biggest slice of

the health service workforce, it’s essential that nurses are at the heart of the GP commissioning process - only they can provide the insight into holistic care provision to ensure it results in services that meet all patients’ needs. Nurses are frequently responsible for keeping patients out of hospital because of the care they can offer in surgeries or in patients’ homes.

So although all these changes are happening in a climate with the tightest possible financial constraints, nurses are definitely one group of people who can help stretch those NHS budgets further. So let’s make sure that you are not marginalised, ignored or forgotten about.

Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be telling you how you can ensure the profession has a leading role in the new system to prevent us running the risk of returning to an NHS with a narrow medical focus, which treats patients as a set of symptoms and conditions rather than as individuals with their own unique set of circumstances. We want to arm you with the best tools and advice to help you get involved and raise your profile.

I am really keen to hear your views on that and what you love and loathe about the profession and this magazine, so do get in touch.

Jenni Middleton, editor


Readers' comments (6)

  • Jenni - if you manage to ensure that Nurses are genuinely heard by the decision makers in Whitehall and Westminster, you will have done a good job! But you may well need to shout loudly, because many of them do not want to hear, especially if it goes against their latest pet ideas.

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  • I would suggest that many politicians have "selective" hearing when it comes to Nurses and their plight.
    We are expected to change with often no warning as new systems are implemented (and are often ones that have just been re-hashed with a new name added).
    Good luck in your endeavours of being heard.

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  • Absolutely agree with the above two posts. But I have to say that it is nice to hear you actually say this as a policy for NT.

    If you really want to make us heard, then pass on some of our posts to the relevant people, and then post their responses on here?

    A couple of examples would be the recent 'open letter to the NHS', who did you show those posts to (not that there were many)? What did they say in response?

    Or how about the numerous posts on the white paper?

    Please give us feedback on relevant responses? Otherwise we are just 'shouting' into the wind here!

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  • Oh,and while we're at it, why don't you bring up some of the previous threads on strike action? (I know they were pulled very quickly from the main pages by NT), but you could send those comments to those in charge? Yes? No?

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  • No shouting all this from the rooftops yet then?

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  • Jenni Middleton

    Thanks for all your feedback. It's a great idea to pass on some of your comments, and I will certainly be gathering them together and doing that on this and the blog about why you entered the profession. Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. Do keep any comments coming about what you'd like to see more or less of in the magazine and on this website too. We want it to be something you enjoy reading, as well as find useful, so do help us in that endeavour. Your input is really appreciated and really helps us shape Nursing Times.

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