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Jane Cummings: Talent management programme will help develop NHS leaders of the future

Winter pressures are an opportunity for nurses to demonstrate their potential as system leaders, says England’s chief nurse Jane Cummings. 
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Winter pressures are an opportunity for nurses to demonstrate their potential as system leaders, says Englands chief nurse Jane Cummings

Nurses and midwives face many daily challenges, particularly at this time of year, with what we traditionally refer to as winter pressures.

I know these pressures can seem constant these days, but with challenge comes real opportunity.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt recently put out a call for action to broaden and deepen the leadership pool within the NHS. This is as a chance to demonstrate how nurses and midwives can successfully lead the transformation of care to deliver the changes we need to see on the ground.

Talent toolkit

To support this, NHS England, NHS Improvement

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Winter pressures are an opportunity for nurses to demonstrate their potential as system leaders, says England’s chief nurse Jane Cummings 


Health secretary Jeremy Hunt recently put out a call for action to broaden and deepen
the leadership pool within the NHS. Picture: Alamy

Nurses and midwives face many daily challenges, particularly at this time of year, with what we traditionally refer to as ‘winter pressures’. 

I know these pressures can seem constant these days, but with challenge comes real opportunity. 

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt recently put out a call for action to broaden and deepen the leadership pool within the NHS. This is as a chance to demonstrate how nurses and midwives can successfully lead the transformation of care to deliver the changes we need to see on the ground.

Talent toolkit 

To support this, NHS England, NHS Improvement and Health Education England have been working with the NHS Leadership Academy to deliver a talent management programme for future leaders. 

This will address issues that commonly prevent colleagues from considering senior leadership roles, and is supported by a talent management toolkit which will help improve the quality of written applications, raise awareness of critical thinking, and help with areas such as personal effectiveness, influencing skills, problem analysis and decision-making.

We are currently rolling this out across England, and NHS England and NHS Improvement are also leading work on developing future directors and deputy directors of nursing.

At this time of year, when you are under pressure and using your considerable skills and knowledge to provide safe and compassionate care, I urge you to recognise your potential as a system leader and take up this exciting opportunity to transform and develop how we care for people.


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Jane Cummings

 

 

 

Jane Cummings is the chief nursing officer for England 
 
 

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