Let's work together to spread good practice

Hundreds of the country’s most senior nurses and midwives met in Birmingham at the annual summit of England’s chief nursing officer (CNO).

Chief nursing officer Jane Cummings: 'It continues to make me proud when I see all the fantastic work our staff do.'
Picture: Barney Newman

As ever, it proved a great opportunity to hear some of the most influential thinkers and speakers in healthcare, including the chief nurse herself, Jane Cummings.

It was also a chance for many of those who attended to meet the new consultant editor of Nursing Management, Barry Quinn.

Key speakers

As well as Professor Cummings, we heard from the likes of NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens and RCN general secretary Janet Davies.

RCNi editorial advisers presented too: Molly Case, her CNO-commissioned poem, The Last 1000 Days; and Heather Caudle, as part of a panel discussion on putting transformation of experience, personalisation and participation at the centre of what nurses do.

For some of the highlights of the two-day summit, read online at rcni.com/nursing-management

One of the most anticipated speakers was health secretary Jeremy Hunt. He called on the 500 or so healthcare leaders from commissioning and provider organisations to help him in four ‘real priorities’.

‘The issue is not a lack of good practice’

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt

I want to focus on one of them, ‘changing culture’, because this is where Nursing Management can help by being at the forefront of improving care.

‘The issue is not a lack of good practice; we have some of the best hospitals, doctors and nurses. It’s the failure to share best practice,’ he said.

Nursing and Midwifery Council chief executive Jackie Smith echoed the sentiment in a session on enabling the workforce: ‘We need to be celebrating what we do.’

RCNi publishes Nursing Management to celebrate nursing and to spread exemplary practice.

So, if you have good practice to showcase, contact me, at nick.lipley@rcni.com, or Barry, at barry.quinn@rcni.com, to find out how we can help.