Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Victory in sight for Nursing Times' Seat on the Board Campaign

  • 6 Comments

The government is set to make it compulsory for GP consortia to have a nurse representative on their boards, Nursing Times understands.

In a speech at a London hospital this afternoon, prime minister David Cameron said: “Hospital doctors and nurses will be involved in clinical commissioning.”

Nursing Times understands there will be a requirement for commissioning consortia to have a board, and to include a nurse on the body. It is understood there will no barriers to consortia choosing a nurse representative employed by one of their practices.

It is understood nurses and hospital doctors are the only two groups the government is planning to mandate a place on the board.

Such a move would constitute victory for Nursing Times’s Seat on the Board campaign, calling for nurses to be actively involved in commissioning consortia and represented on their boards.

Head of the Royal College of Nursing Peter Carter said if true it vindicated the campaigning the RCN and others had been doing ever since the publication of the health white paper last July, including Nursing Times’ Seat on the Board campaign.

Dr Carter said: “From the time you come into the healthcare system you will never be far from a nurse. Nurses understand the intricacies of the care pathway and the need to provide a comprehensive range of services.”

He denied having a nurse on the board was tokenistic and said it was a weak argument used by those against increasing nursing presence.

“We are not talking about some newly qualified band five being put on the board; we are talking about people with experience and gravitas. Most of the progressive GPs and secondary consultants recognise that if you want something to work just as you have to have doctors, you have to have nurses involved.”

In his speech at University College London Hospital Foundation Trust, Mr Cameron made five pledges for the future of the NHS, promising not to “sell off” the NHS, to maintain universal coverage, improve integrated care, ensure waiting times are kept low and increase spending.

However, Royal College of Midwives general secretary Cathy Warwick questioned whether the government could be relied upon to stick by the pledges.

She said: “David Cameron has not honoured his pre-election pledge to recruit 3,000 more midwives, so how can we trust him not to break his promise on these pledges?”

  • 6 Comments

Readers' comments (6)

  • This is a minimal victory at best. Talk about setting your sights low. We shouldn't be resting as a profession until Nurses and Doctors are running the NHS EQUALLY!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Oh, and that 'victory' is still dependent on the government actually doing what it says! I wouldn't pop the corks just yet.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • That's great one nurse, who is employed at one of their practises. What about the acute trusts and the services we provide, who is representing them and giving a voice to front line nurses.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Exactly anon! It's a bloody joke! What's worse is our so called 'leaders' and unions are claiming victory! ONE SINGLE TOKEN NURSE IS NOT A VICTORY!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • CNO could always sent a Consultant ....

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Mike 8-june-2011 4.14pm

    Hope you are on Twitter with all your thoughts.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.