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Movers and shakers in nursing?


Four nurses were included in this year’s list of the people most likely to influence health policy next year.

Royal College of Nursing chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter was the highest place nurse in the HSJ100, the annual list of the 100 most influential people in healthcare compiled by Nursing Times’ sister title Health Service Journal.

He was at number 19, marking his highest ever placement in the list, which is in its sixth year. He was number 23 in the 2010 version of the list

Others with nursing links who featured in the list – revealed last night at an event in London – included Julie Moore, chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust and a member of the government’s NHS Future Forum. Former nurse Ms Moore chairs the forum’s workstream on education and training, and placed at number 44 in the HSJ100 list.

Health minister and former district nurse Anne Milton featured at number 58 in the list, down from number 48 last year.

NHS North of England chief nurse Jane Cummings was at number 86, reflecting the view that she is a strong candidate to get the chief nursing officer role at the new NHS Commissioning Board. She is a new entry to the list this year.

Ms Cummings is currently leading the Energise for Excellence programme, is an advocate of “high impact” nurse actions to make care safer and more efficient and is also a member of the government’s Future Forum.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Could I remind the Nursing Times that it is a UK professional nursing journal and should therefore always reflect all of the UK devolved Nations where appropriate; noting their differences as well as any similarities.

    So this article above should include that it is about Health Policy in England only.

    Policy around the UK in the other Nations is incredibly different - notably a pre-reg nursing degree only in Wales and a Health service that has no internal market and is about citizen-led services, partnership and collaboration.

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  • Wales Nurse, it shouldn't be. The NHS should be the same across the whole of the UK.

    And it scares the hell out of me that Carter is the most influential Nurse

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  • Wales Nurse | 8-Dec-2011 2:50 pm

    As a Scottish Nurse, I have made the same point on a couple of occasions, but it pretty much falls on deaf ears. Because of devolution, there are some significant differences in the way the NHS operates around the UK. That said, I am happy to support my nursing colleagues throughout the UK wherever they are, particularly in these tough times for our profession.

    Lauren G | 9-Dec-2011 12:00 pm

    Lauren, I agree. It scares the hell out of me too that Carter is deemed to be the most influential nurse. And given the fact that nursing is the largest single profession in the NHS, I think it's a poor show that the highest position we could achieve was number 19 when talking about influencing health policy.

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