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Support system for commissioning nurses


A new support system for senior nurses in commissioning will be launched by Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Jane Cummings. 

At the NHS Innovation Expo yesterday (13 March 2013), the CNO said that she will be working with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to provide more guidance. 

Cummings said: “We're launching a national network based around a strong nursing role in commissioning, so that it can be a good career choice for nurse leaders of the future.” 

Practice nurse support 

During her speech yesterday, the CNO also said there needs to be more support for practice nurses, because they do not have the same support network as nurses who work on wards. 

She said that there is little opportunity for practice nurses to bring their knowledge together. 

“They don't have the same traditional hierarchy that some other nurses do, which can make them feel quite isolated,” the CNO said. 

“We will talk about how we can encourage links between them, and talk about changes we can make to put them at the heart of commissioning.”

The proposed event will see a group of over 60 practice nurses attempt to find new innovations for primary and long-term community care needs. 

'Negative press'

When outlining the highs and lows of this year in the nursing profession, Cummings said that although she now has handle on social media and “loved being able to react and speak” with frontline nurses directly, she feels there has been a lot of negative press around the profession. 

She said, of hearing stories from Mid Staffordshire and Winterbourne View: “It's hard to read those stories, it's uncomfortable, as a nurse to read that. 

“It feels in many ways that we have a massive opportunity to tell people about the work that goes on. Nurses around the country feel very frustrated and know we need to reduce the wide variation in the quality of care.”

'Key action areas' 

However, Cummings was unwilling to talk about proposals for nursing from the Francis report. She said: “I don't want to pre-empt the statement from the prime minister which will be released at the end of the month.”

Instead she talked over “key action areas” which include: 

  • Helping patients to stay independent and improving health outcomes Making evey contact count 
  • Working to provide a positive experience of care 
  • Making more effort to help children and young people