Jane Cummings

Listening to important questions – Jane Cummings

There have been disturbing accounts in the media of nurses discussing end of life care with elderly patients in a blunt and impersonal way, particularly patients’ wishes concerning resuscitation. This morning I spoke to Roy Lilley, who described the experience his mother had. It was not good, upsetting and should not have happened. As a […]

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Transparency means more than just publishing data on a website – Jane Cummings

The wealth of information about our health services is greater than ever. Go onto NHS Choices or the websites of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Office of National Statistics and NHS England and you will find vast amounts of data and statistics about almost all aspects of healthcare. There is an increasing openness […]

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Nurses are central to a transformation in care – Jane Cummings

On International Nurses Day, England’s Chief Nursing Officer, Jane Cummings, reflects on changes to nursing and how the NHS needs an ‘adapt and change’ culture: Nursing has changed dramatically in the 150 years since Florence Nightingale founded the first nursing school in London – undoubtedly for the better. While compassionate care is still the guiding […]

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Putting compassion at the heart of healthcare – Jane Cummings

The health service has seen major scientific, medical and technological advances. But it is the human element – compassion and basic values and behaviours – that have never been more important. In December 2012, I launched Compassion in Practice – the three year vision and strategy for nursing, midwifery and care staff. It was developed […]

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Engaging with 10,000 – Jane Cummings

Jane Cummings, NHS England’s Chief Nursing Officer, has reached a milestone number of followers to her Twitter account. Here she talks about why social media is so important: Everywhere we look in the healthcare system there are numbers. It seems we are always measuring data and figures to ascertain the worth, the value or the […]

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Nursing as a force for change – Jane Cummings

Jane Cummings, NHS England’s Chief Nursing Officer, gives her one year on report to the CNO Conference in Birmingham: I can’t believe it’s nearly a year since I was in Manchester where I published the Compassion in Practice strategy. This year’s report celebrates and shares the work that has been done since the launch of […]

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The Berwick Report identifies importance for vigilance – Jane Cummings

The events at Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals sent shock waves throughout the NHS  and the general public, and have focussed the minds of all of us who work in the NHS, on the fact  the job of assuring and improving the safety of our patients is never finished. The Berwick Report, published today, clearly identifies the importance […]

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Developing our culture of compassionate care – Jane Cummings

Friday 21 September 2012 saw the launch of the engagement exercise for the Nursing, Midwifery and Care-Giving Vision and Strategy. The vision and strategy is the starting point in further developing our culture of compassionate care. The documentation examines how nurses, midwives and care-givers can be supported to provide excellent care. At the heart of […]

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Our commitment to improve – Jane Cummings

I want to use my position a Chief Nurse for England to make a positive difference: for patients and for our profession. We have an opportunity to shape the way nurses and midwives work in the future so that we can care for our patients with compassion and dignity, while confidently working with the latest […]

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