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Consortia must have nurse on the board, government confirms


This was a waste ot typing, then ! I have just sent this to my DH contact (we are discussing something else): perhaps you should push, for this sort of compromise ? Tessa, I know this isn’t your area, and DC and AL have probably already got this sewn up. And, I’m offline so my terminology will be wrong here, and I have not looked at the Bill. But, judging by the initial posts on the Nursing Times website, etc, the absence of a recommendation that nurses should automatically be on these ‘steering boards’ (can’t remember the term) has provoked responses which make my ‘Meldrew Moments’ look quite restrained. The report wants input from lots of different professionals, but claims, in essence, that so many would wish to be on those boards, that they will not all fit. So why not, have ‘core’ and ‘rolling’ membership, enshrined in the Act (perhaps variable by secondary law) ? If these boards have, for example 8 members, why not specify that 5 or 6 must be certain types of person, but the other 2 or 3 must rotate (presumably every 12 months or 2 years, I suppose) between a list of categories ? I’m not sure, exactly who wants to be represented, but will not fit – but 2 obvious categories who might be given a place on the ‘rotating list’ would be ‘hospital nurse’ and ‘community nurse’. So, if there were 6 rotating seats, any particular board would have a community nurse on it, for one-sixth of the time (actually, if there were 3 rotating seats, and only 6 categories, for half of the time !). Etc. And, provided you made sure these appointments were phased across the country, then at any given time, all of these professional groups would have representation on some, if not all, of these ‘steering boards’. Please feel free to pass it on, if you think it makes sense, Regards Mike

Posted date

14 June, 2011

Posted time

2:19 pm