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During the Queen’s Nursing Institute awards ceremony in 2014, England’s chief nursing officer (CNO) Jane Cummings asked to shadow Queen’s Nurses while they worked.

During the Queen’s Nursing Institute awards ceremony in 2014, England’s chief nursing officer (CNO) Jane Cummings asked to shadow Queen’s Nurses while they worked.

I volunteered and Ms Cummings spent a day at our trust in March after nearly eight months of planning the programme for her visit.

Pamela Shaw (left) took chief nurse Jane Cummings (right) on a home visit to meet Owen (centre) and his mother Sarah

On the day, Ms Cummings met both managers and health visitors. They discussed Call to Action, the national health visiting implementation plan and its six high-impact areas, the possibilities for health visitors to improve health outcomes for children, families and communities by reducing inequalities, and how health visitors are shaping the services of the future.

She also acknowledged the crucial work of practice educators and community practice teachers and I shared

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