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Why we are supporting Nursing Stars – the New NHS Alliance

Michael Padden

The New NHS Alliance partnered with Nursing in Practice on the last campaign to highlight the important work of nurses. Here the organisation’s chief executive Merron Simpson and chair Dr Brian Fisher write why they are working with us again.

In 2018, New NHS Alliance, in conjunction with Nursing in Practice, launched a 12-month recognition programme called General Practice Nurse Ninjas.

Rooted in the ethos of the teenage superhero Ninja Turtles, New York City’s ‘Hidden Warriors’ that battled for truth and justice, the aim of the programme was to recognise individuals that are successfully advancing the role of practice nurses, while demonstrating their value to others.

However, two years on, and following feedback from primary care nurses, we fully acknowledge that the concept of Nurse Ninjas is no longer appropriate, and we are 100% aligned with the new Covid-19 #NursingStars.

Indeed, New NHS Alliance is delighted to be partnering again with Nursing in Practice to recognise and share outstanding practice in the fight against coronavirus. Whether directly, or indirectly, involved in the fight against Covid-19 and its impacts, recognition of primary care Nursing Stars has never been more important.

New NHS Alliance is a national movement of cross-sector professionals and local people working as equal partners to address and reduce health inequalities through Health Creation. Given the impact of Covid-19 on some of our most isolated and vulnerable communities, we believe that there has never been a greater need for recognition, sharing and learning.

At New NHS Alliance we recognise the passion, commitment, grit and determination that underpins primary care nurse services and support for people and your communities. You are there before life, you are there at the end of life and you are there at every stage in between. Whether in schools, prisons, general practice, a place of work or in the community, primary care nurses are a critical and integral part of all our health and wellbeing.

We look forward to working with Nursing in Practice to recognise and promote your great work.