The Quality Nursing and Care Quality Forum made up of more than 20 experienced frontline nurses has been left “in limbo”, after apparently being unofficially scrapped.
The forum was set up by David Cameron in April 2011, as part of efforts to address high profile failings in nursing care.
The group has played a key role in pushing for safe staffing levels, developing leadership in nursing and promoting a culture of compassionate care. However, it has now been told unofficially that it is no longer needed.
The forum’s chair, Sally Brearley, told Nursing Times the group’s last meeting was in November and members were aware then that there was a “question mark over our continued existence”.
Ms Brearley said the forum’s members were “very keen to continue” and that a submission had been made to both David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary.
“A submission was made to the secretary of state and the prime minister about what the future or not of the forum might be, so we are still waiting to hear,” she said. “We feel we have done a good job and feel a little bit disappointed that we are being kept in limbo like this.”
What does this mean for the nursing “voice”? How can the profession increase its influence on policy?