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Senior nurse pledges to end 'initiative overload' in nursing


A senior nurse at the new NHS Commissioning Board has promised nurses will not face an “initiative overload” in future.

Juliet Beal has been appointed programme director of the board’s nursing and midwifery strategy and will be lead the work to develop its new Vision for Nursing – a draft version of which was published for consultation last month.

Speaking at a conference in London last week, Professor Beal said the strategy would be incorporated into the existing Energise for Excellence framework.

Professor Beal said: “There will be one framework and one initiative for healthcare. That’s really important. We have absolutely heard that people don’t want lots of initiatives and we are working on that.”

Energise for Excellence combines tools, techniques and examples of best practice known to improve patient care. It was developed by senior nurses including the commissioning board’s chief nursing officer, Jane Cummings, while in her former post as chief nurse of NHS North West.

Earlier at the event a mental health nurse had complained of an “initiative overload” in nursing. Anthony Harrison, a nurse consultant at Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust, said: “We don’t need more initiatives; we just need the support to make the existing initiatives happen.”

Professor Beal joined the commissioning board from the Outer North East London Primary Care Trust cluster where she was executive director of nursing, workforce and organisational development.

Last week’s Dignity Commission conference – organised by the NHS Confederation, Age UK and the Local Government Association – was her first public appearance since starting her new national role.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Anthony Harrison,you should run the NMC,be our new health minister,be knighted. Common sense at long last,will it return to nursing? Common sense went out of fashion in the 90's ,when all the super nurses came in force,replacing hard working nurses who dared speak out against yet another new initiative. I have worked 20 years plus as a nurse and have seen these 'initiatives,altough some good,fizzel out before they start. I love you Mr Harrison

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  • I love your post Anne. I couldn't agree more!!

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  • hooray...........

    no more money to be wasted on initiatives that amount to nothing but just give the govt something to boast about

    we need to get back to basics which is being trained and supported to look after people who are unwell.

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  • If this happens in reality, this would be amazing!

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