Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nurse for England, has today launched a Five Year Nursing strategy for all nurses working in England. ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ sets out a strategy for the first time which clearly includes all registered nurses and care teams working in social care. Care England, the largest representative body for independent sector social care providers, welcomes the strategy.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says:
“I welcome this strategy which clearly has a place in bringing together nursing and care teams across health and social care. The sector’s staff have for too long been seen as an unequal partner in delivering care and services to society’s most vulnerable. ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ at last recognises them as equals in that endeavour”.
The strategy focuses on 3 main themes
- Health and Wellbeing – Focused on prevention
- Care and Quality –Focused on reshaping care, safety and quality
- Funding and Efficiency –Focused on addressing shortage through efficiency changes.
The key actions for care teams are their responsibility and are asked to commit to the following to deliver the changes needed;
- We will promote a culture where improving the population’s health is a core component of the practice of all nursing, midwifery and care staff
- We will increase the visibility of nursing and midwifery leadership and input in prevention
- We will work with individuals, families and communities to equip them to make informed choices and support them to manage their own health
- We will be centred on individuals experiencing high value care
- We will work in partnership with individuals, their families, carers and others important to them
- We will actively respond to what matters most to our staff and colleagues
- We will lead and drive research to evidence the impact of what we do
- We will have the right education, training and development to enhance our skills, knowledge and understanding
- We will have the right staff in the right places and at the right
- We will champion the use of technology and informatics to improve practice, address unwarranted variations and enhance outcomes.
Professor Deborah Sturdy, Nurse Advisor to Care England says:
“This is an opportunity for the entire profession and care teams to come together and work with a common purpose to improve the experience for those in our care. The needs of people living in care homes are complex, and require an educated and highly skilled workforce. Having a framework which supports a common vision for all can help us all improve our practice, break down barriers between settings and stand alongside the NHS as equals and partners in improving outcomes for those we deliver care to everyday”.