Jane Cummings

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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Future ambitions – Jane Cummings

At the Royal College of Nursing Congress in Harrogate this week, we took the opportunity to talk to lots of people about the ambitions of the Nursing Directorate in the NHS Commissioning Board. There was plenty of interest, and questions about our plans, which is helpful as we design the best structure for our work. […]

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International Nurses Day – Jane Cummings

Recognised around the world Florence Nightingale’s birthday on 12th May is International Nurses Day. It is always a time for nurses to gather and celebrate the role of this profession in our society, remember nurses who have died in theatres of war and reflect on what nursing means to us as individuals. This year is […]

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Celebrating the best in student nurse education – Jane Cummings

It was great to see so many student nurses, nurse lecturers and education providers at the first Student Nursing Times Awards in London. How we educate and train tomorrow’s nurses is fundamental to the success of the NHS in the future, so I was really happy to be asked to say a few words after […]

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