Jane Cummings’ voicepiece

I would firstly like to wish you all a belated Happy New Year and congratulate the nurses and midwives recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

I would also like to thank everyone for their support since I took up the post of Chief Nursing Officer. I was very pleased to launch the new vision ‘Compassion in Practice’ at my first CNO Conference in December and want to again acknowledge the contribution of nurses and midwives across the country who took part in the original engagement and helped shape the vision around the 6Cs.

At the CNO conference I also introduced the new Care Maker role (see page 4) and highlighted the contribution they will make as ambassadors of ‘Compassion in Practice. The Care Makers supported the CNO conference extremely well and were welcomed by all those attending.

The national vision and strategy recognises the changing landscape of the healthcare sector and articulates the nursing and midwifery profession’s role in delivering healthcare and improved health outcomes, both in hospitals and community settings. Your views and suggestions will be further reflected as we produce implementation plans for the six action areas.

The ‘6Cs’: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment are a statement of the constants of nursing and midwifery for a modern health and care system.

The six action areas identified to implement the plan are:

  • Helping people to stay independent, maximise well-being and improve health outcomes
  • Working with people to provide a positive experience of care
  • Delivering high quality care and measuring the impact
  • Building and strengthening leadership
  • Ensuring we have the right staff, with the right skills, in the right place
  • Supporting positive staff experience

The values and action areas apply to all areas of practice. Working with patients, professionals and professional bodies, we have already published a range of resources supporting the implementation of ‘Compassion in practice’ in:

  • Midwifery
  • Public health nursing for children and young people
  • Public health mental health
  • Practice nursing and district nursing
  • The nursing contribution to the dementia challenge

‘Compassion in practice’  resources include the downloadable strategy itself, the ‘6Cs’ video, along with a range of materials including posters, flyers and presentations produced to support and promote the Compassion In Practice strategy.

Over the coming months we need to embed the 6Cs, the values and behaviours, in everything we do. This will call for strong, individual, local and national leadership, with support from local organisations and national bodies.

Some of the actions are subject to piloting, further testing and appraisal, after which further recommendations will be considered. The full implementation plans for this vision and strategy will be available by 31 March 2013.

There are several other important milestones in the months ahead:

  • The annual Florence Nightingale Foundation conference: Going for Gold – Inspirational Practice and Excellence in Care – 28 February and Friday 1 March
  • NHS Change Day – 13 March,
  • International Day of the Midwife – 5 May
  • International Nurses Day – 12 May

These give us further opportunities to hold local events across the country that celebrate success and raise the profile of the 6Cs in relation to the high quality care we provide.

Best wishes

Jane Cummings

Chief Nursing Officer

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