The Chief Nursing Officer for England has launched NHS England’s “Leading Change, Adding Value” framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff. It is based upon ten commitments, which comprise [quotation]:
- 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 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 time.
- We will champion the use of technology and informatics to improve practice, address unwarranted variations and enhance outcomes.
The 10 Commitments – Professor Jane Cummings. London: NHS England, May 18th 2016.
Nursing, midwifery and care staff should lead change, says England’s Chief Nursing Officer. London: NHS England, May 18th 2016.
This relates to:
Leading Change, Adding Value: a framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff. [May 2016]. London: NHS England, May 18th 2016. Gateway Publication Reference No. 05247.
The “All Our Health” Framework
The above report makes frequent reference to the “All Our Health” framework. This may be found here:
All Our Health: about the framework. London: Public Health England, April 1st 2015.
Headlines Arising From the RCN Conference (Belfast, June 2016)
Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called for improved training concerning Sickle Cell Disease (SCD):
Howell, D. (2016). Sickle cell disease: nurses need better training, says health union. London: BBC Health News, June 18th 2016.
The wisdom of plan to scrap bursaries for student nurses has been questioned as being an “untested gamble”:
Triggle, N. (2016). NHS student bursary cut ‘reckless’, unions say. London: BBC Health News, June 19th 2016.
NHS failure (and endless “Winter pressures”) are alleged to have become the new norm:
Triggle, N. [and] and Dreaper, J. (2016). Endless winter in NHS ‘puts patients at risk’. London: BBC Health News, June 21st 2016.
Further commentary, hinting at widespread staff defeatism and demoralisation?:
Triggle, N. (2016). Has NHS failure become the new norm? London: BBC Health News, June 21st 2016.
Nursing Associates: a New Addition to the Nursing Workforce (NHS England / HEE)
Plugging gaps in the nursing workforce supply, with new ways of working:
“The Nursing Associate role is part of developing this contemporary workforce and will work under the direction of a fully qualified Registered Nurse (RN). The Nursing Associate is not a RN but will undertake some of the duties that a RN currently undertakes, enabling the RN to spend more time on the assessment and care associated with both complex needs and advances in treatments. …the Nursing Associate will have the training and skills to bridge the gap between what Health Care Assistant colleagues routinely do and the practice that is undertaken by a RN”.
Eleven test sites have been chosen to deliver training:
- St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
- Whittington Health NHS Trust.
- Bart’s Health NHS Trust.
- Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
- Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust.
- Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
- Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.
- Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation Trust.
- Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
- Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.
Nursing Associates – a new member of the multi-disciplinary workforce – Jane Cummings. London: NHS England, October 14th 2016.
This relates to:
Health Education England announces training places for over 2,000 Nursing Associates. London: Health Education England (HEE), October 14th 2016.
Learn While You Earn: Nursing Degree Apprenticeships
An on-the-job apprenticeship role will avoid trainees having to follow the conventional university route to get a nursing degree.
New nursing apprentice role announced. London: BBC Health News, November 30th 2016.
Eligibility and application information for the nursing degree apprenticeships, available from September 2017:
Nursing degree apprenticeships: factsheet. [Online]: Department of Health, December 8th 2016.
Further BBC News commentary:
Pym, H. (2017). Earn as you learn – will it deliver more trained nurses? London: BBC Health News, October 3rd 2017.
This relates to:
Health Secretary announces nursing workforce reforms. [Online]: Department of Health, October 3rd 2017.
August 2020 Update:
Nursing apprenticeship funding gets £172m boost. London: BBC Health News, August 10th 2020.