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RCN responds to new models of care announcement

Responding to the announcement of the 29 'vanguard' sites that will be the first to use a new £200 million fund to redesign care, Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN said: “The Five Year Forward View laid out in the clearest terms the need to meet our country's changing needs and demands, so it is good news that this innovative programme is making steady progress.

“RCN members across the country look forward to seeing more detail about the individual sites, and how they might learn from their progress. The RCN is also keen to develop its role in this project, and to work with nursing leaders to ensure it meets the demands of a changing population, and a changing workforce.

“Frontline staff are often the driving force behind successful innovation and change in the health and social care system, and it is vital that they are involved in the programme as it develops, along with patients and carers.

“We also urge all of the political parties to commit to ensuring that this invaluable work continues in the next parliament.”