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Nurse leaders call for views on their 'vision' for nursing

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Ensuring ward managers have supervisory status, using evidence based staffing levels and recruiting staff with the “right culture and values” are among the key priorities for action to improve the profession, according to the nurse leaders.

NHS Commissioning Board chief nursing officer Jane Cummings and Viv Bennett, director of nursing at the Department of Health, outlined their vision for the future of nursing in England on Friday.  

The document – Developing the culture of compassionate care: creating a new vision for nurses, midwives and care givers – sets out six broad areas of nursing where they believe changes are needed.

These are:

  • Healing people to stay independent, maximising wellbeing and improving health outcomes
  • Working with people to provide a positive experience of care
  • Delivering high quality care and measuring impact
  • Building and strengthening leadership
  • Ensuring that we have the right staff, with the right skills in the right place
  • Supporting positive staff experience   

The document also sets out six fundamental values that should underpin nursing, as previously reported by Nursing Times in July. These are care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

Ms Cummings and Ms Bennett said being a nurse or midwife was an “amazing role”, highlighting there was “hardly an intervention, treatment or car programme” in which they do not play a “significant part”.

But they said “real actions” were needed to support nurses and midwives to provide “excellent care”.

They said: “In particular we need to work together to ensure we meet the needs of older people - the largest group of services users - and treat them with the dignity and respect that they deserve in joined up health and care services.

Ms Cummings and Ms Bennett described the document as a “starting point”, which they wish to further develop with the input of the profession over the next eight weeks.  

They said: “There is a fantastic opportunity for you to influence the next steps we will collectively take to set a course for the nursing, midwifery and care giving contribution to developing the culture of compassionate care and meeting the public’s health and care needs for coming years.”

Click here to read the full document and find out how to submit views on it.

Royal College of Midwives’ general secretary and chief executive Cathy Warwick said the college had been involved in early discussions around the project.

She said: “We know that women receiving maternity care want to be treated with respect. This means midwives should listen to women, treat them as individuals and ensure they have high quality information on which to base their decisions. A culture of compassionate care would encompass such practice.

“Whilst there is much evidence that many midwives are already providing compassionate services to women, sadly this is not always the case,” she added. “The RCM, therefore, welcomes the opportunity to work with the Department of Health and other stakeholders to ensure that compassionate care is available throughout maternity services to ensure the best care for mothers and babies.”

Peter Carter, Royal College of Nursing chief executive and general secretary, said: “A culture of compassionate care is vital if we are to shape the NHS of the future. It is also just that – a culture, and it takes a concerted effort from all concerned to develop it.

“To always give that standard and quality of care, however, the system needs to support them rather than hinder them.”

He added that nursing staff often feel short staffed and unable to spend the time they would like with patients.

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  • having the right staff with the right skills in the right place

    yep, that is why we are constantly being moved around the hospital to fill in the gaps, no-one gets to have the 'right skills' now because there is no funding for courses, managers don't need to be 'specialists' in their field and nurses are moved around.

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  • tinkerbell

    my recommendation for anyone considering entering nursing in this current climate would be 'run for the hills'.

    You will not get any support from your upper management, you will be worked like a donkey, you will be stressed out of your mind.

    Unless you are totally devoted, have lots of money as backup as you will need to be prepared to work for less money, less pension, poor terms and conditions, high NMC fees (increasing), be made redundant at the drop of hat, have a wrecked body at the end of your career (if one still exists) for very little recognition, if any, then go for it.

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  • michael stone

    'in joined up health and care services.'

    Good luck with that one.

    I quite like the principle of evidence-based staffing levels, but it has to be evidence collected within the appropriate 'enviroment' (you can include 'staff mix' within my term 'enviroment'): that means you cannot simply import studies from abroad - in turn, that means nobody is going to agree about the evidence (especially the goverment, if the evidence comes out as 'you need a lot more nurses').

    I quite like the 'recruiting staff with the right culture and values bit' as well - but I'm not quite sure how you manage to achieve that one.

    It is a nice statement of the problem, and a reasonable statement of objectives: it is getting there, where I'm sceptical.

    tinkerbell | 22-Sep-2012 10:25 am

    'You will not get any support from your upper management, you will be worked like a donkey, you will be stressed out of your mind.'

    It might help, if Jane and Viv used that type of wording, and not management waffle about 'pressure to deliver', etc, when they describe the current problem, in their future writing.

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  • tinkerbell

    DH Agent - as if ! | 22-Sep-2012 11:08 am

    A 'vision' is all fine and well intentioned, but it ain't happened so far and in this current climate it ain't never going to happen. Heard of the expression 'pigs will fly' Coping is not the same as caring and when i have struggled doing 'difficult' as my management once called it with short staffing levels i informed my managers that 'coping is not the same as caring' aslo.
    Give us the tools and we'll do the job.

    one death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic, they can take their statistics and shove em where the sun don't shine as far as i'm concerned.

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  • tinkerbell | 22-Sep-2012 10:25 am

    "my recommendation for anyone considering entering nursing in this current climate would be 'run for the hills'."

    but watch out for the wee haggii!

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  • tinkerbell

    Anonymous | 22-Sep-2012 11:42 am

    plenty to eat then when nurses run for the hills.

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  • i wish I had a vision of how to get out of this mess we have been forced into for reasons beyond our control. but then unfortunately visions only come to a chosen and very blessed few on this earth.

    At the risk of blowing my own trumpet (although music is one of my few weaknesses) and extolling my virtues, as nobody else will, I have reason to believe i have all the right and excellent qualities and skills to be a highly successful and very compassionate haggis manager. I am highly adaptable to all types of weather and running through the heather, am used to social isolation and have very sharp eyesight from here to infinity, a keen sense of smell and can stomach the finest Highland whiskey in very large quantities. I also hold the world record for tossing the caber and have reason to believe I would be a first class applicant for the Ball Moral Estates where I could also practice holistic tlc nursing as a side line to humans and animals alike.

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  • tinkerbell

    Anonymous | 22-Sep-2012 12:34 pm

    there is a place where you can extol your virtues on the Leadership Academy site.

    Basicaly you just have to agree with what was OUR NHS being privatised and 'you're in'.

    You must also agree that profits come before people, but you can only mention this in a covert way otherwise if you become too vocal and honest and disagree you will find yourself back down the slimey pole and working on the front line shovelling doo dah.

    They need a new set of manager for the new NHS who all sing from the same hymn sheet you see.

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  • I had a dream.........


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