Chief nurse Jane Cummings asks senior nurses to join safe staffing advisory group

England's chief nursing officer Jane Cummings calls on nursing directors to join her safe staffing group

England’s chief nurse Jane Cummings has written to nursing directors inviting them to become part of an expert group that will oversee work on safe staffing.

A letter from Ms Cummings and Mike Durkin, who is based at the newly created NHS Improvement, calls on nursing and medical directors to nominate themselves to become part of an oversight and advisory group. This group will oversee work that will develop safe staffing in mental health, learning disability and urgent and emergency care.

The oversight and advisory group’s members include Ms Cummings, the RCN, Health Education England’s director of nursing, NHS Employers, academics and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

‘It is important there is systematic oversight by a multi-stakeholder advisory group for these programmes,’ says the letter. ‘The group’s role will be to assure that there has been effective widespread engagement to assure the outputs of the programme. It will also review the impact on patient outcomes, together with economic, workforce development and operational impact.’

Contact Julie Lockwood at if you are interested in becoming part of the group. 

Further information

Read the letter: Next steps in guidance for safe staffing


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