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Next CNO calls on nurses to spread best practice


The next chief nursing officer for England has called on nurses to embrace evidence-based practices to mark International Nurses Day.

The chosen theme of this year’s annual celebration of nursing was “Closing the gap: from evidence to action”.

NHS North of England chief nurse Jane Cummings, who will shortly take up her post at the NHS Commissioning Board, will use the event on Saturday to call on nurses and midwives to support the Energise for Excellence framework.

The framework, developed by senior nurses including Ms Cummings, brings together tools, techniques and examples of best practice known to improve patient care. It is intended to encourage nursing staff to share knowledge with their peers at a local and national level.

International Nurses Day marked the launch of the first Energise for Excellence week of action in support of the initiative.

Ms Cummings said nurses were “extraordinarily well-placed” to lead a “revolution in evidence-based practice at ward level”.

She said: “Energise for Excellence gives us a framework for analysing evidence and making improvements. Nurses are getting together regionally to make the improvements that are most vital for them, then sharing their results nationwide.

“That collaboration ensures the best ideas spread quickly, and I have been delighted with the way nurses throughout the country have stepped up to the plate and developed really in-depth solutions to the problems that result in poor patient care.”

In addition, later this month 20 NHS providers in the north of England will publish detailed nurse related performance data as part of a transparency initiative.

Ms Cummings launched the project in February with eight trusts in the North West publishing data on patient harms, procedural compliance, patient experience and staff experience.

The project has now been expanded and 12 more trusts in the north will take part in the next monthly data release on 28 May, with other organisations from across the country also having formally expressed an interest in taking part in future.

Ms Cummings said: “We have had a flood of expressions of interest from hospitals, mental health trusts and community providers since the pilot launched in February, and I have been overwhelmed by the nursing community’s enthusiasm.”


Readers' comments (4)

  • I wish that nationally and in student training that the concept/reality of research being undertaken in their ward areas is influencing future care. I have been a research nurse for just over 6 years, with 33 years of previous ward work, but although staff embrace 'EBP' they don't seem to get what they can actually influence is under their noses and their current practice is what determines future care/treatments. The data we collect has to be accurate to ensure that the research actually improves care/treatment. It seems that for many care is delivered by what has gone before (and who knows, has that been from correct data), rather than being involved in research that is being carried out at the time, so frustrating and often the notion is received with apathy.

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  • Evidence based practice(EBP) is how we should nurse. We try and influence the way care is given. We follow best practice etc. what happens when your ward manager and matron want care given by rote? Or ignore you, when you point out deficiencies. I am a senior staff with 20 years experience. I feel disenfranchised, I am regularly overruled. How does EBP fit in with the above? I've been overuled by HCAs, because they didn't want to change their practices. I got no support from my manager at all. Come on now! The problem is with our leaders, this includes the CNO, especially.

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  • Anonymous | 14-May-2012 11:11 am

    Most EBP is/should be embedded in guidelines and policies. That should give you some clout and if you then don't practice what you know is best, you will be breaking the NMC code. Perhaps you can tell your leaders that too. Good luck!

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  • ....and further to above, this notion of sharing best practice is nothing new. I emphasize the word 'notion' as there has been no real medium to facilitate sharing best practice, or to support the changes necessary.

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