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England’s chief nurse seeks views on strategy

Over the next few weeks, England’s chief nursing officer Jane Cummings and her team will draw up the first draft of a new nursing and midwifery strategy

Over the next few weeks, England’s chief nursing officer Jane Cummings and her team will draw up the first draft of a new nursing and midwifery strategy.

It is set to be presented to around 500 senior nurses attending the chief nurse’s annual two-day summit in Birmingham next month (December 1-2). Nurses from hospitals, clinical commissioning groups, mental health and learning disability providers, and arm’s-length bodies, as well as academics and patient representatives, will be asked for their feedback on the draft strategy. Before then, those wanting to contribute can respond to six questions set out by NHS England (see panel below). The final strategy is expected to be launched in March next year.

According to Ms Cummings, a former national lead for emergency care, several themes that clinicians would like to see included in the new strategy have emerged already from exploratory discussions, which started in May

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