Jane Cummings

Experiencing culture – Jane Cummings

The five millionth piece of feedback has been gathered from the Friends and Family Test (FFT). Surveys, FFT, patient opinion websites, patient and carer feedback all play a part in helping us see care from the perspective of patients, their families and carers. I want to focus on three areas where I think there is more […]

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The honour of compassionate care – Jane Cummings

I am proud to be part of a profession which connects with individuals, families and communities at times of joy in their lives, as well as vulnerable and difficult times. Our profession plays a vital role in the life of the nation. It is an honour and a privilege to provide compassionate care in busy, […]

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Volunteering to care for people with Ebola – Jane Cummings

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England has recorded a video blog thanking volunteers who have been out to Sierra Leone to care for people with Ebola. In her video Jane also appeals to skilled nurses who have experience of caring for acutely ill people to consider going out to West Africa as a volunteer. […]

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Nurses, midwives and behaviour change – Jane Cummings

Nurses and midwives have the privilege of working in close partnership with patients and their families, carers or clients. In the community, primary care or hospitals they often have not only a continuity of relationship and accessibility, but also an understanding of the context of peoples’ lives that may not be shared by doctors or […]

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Care: The gift that is always in season – Jane Cummings

Today is the day when many people will be returning to work after the festive season. But for nurses, midwives and other care staff, the Christmas and New Year period does not bring a departure from our work. By following the Twitter hashtag #MyNHSChristmas, I was touched to see the many ways in which members […]

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Leadership: What’s in a word? – Jane Cummings

My recent CNO Summit gave me the opportunity to meet with more than 500 leaders from hospitals, CCGs, ALBs and patient representatives. I came away from the Summit inspired and motivated by listening and learning as we shared our experiences. Dictionaries define ‘leadership’ as ‘the position, capacity or ability to lead, guide or direct’. But […]

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Caring for young carers: How are things – Jane Cummings

The, Chief Nursing Officer for England, reflects on young carers and the challenges they face. I recently had the privilege of attending and speaking at an event with carers. As part of my speech I pledged that: ‘I, Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, pledge to work with young carers Hannah and Ambeya to […]

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Experience matters: Yours, mine, ours – Jane Cummings

It was Winston Churchill who said, “The further back you can look, the further forward you are likely to see.” For me, the year since my CNO Summit of November 2013 has been shaped by my experiences as a nurse, professional lead, patient and someone whose family members have needed care. More than 30 years […]

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The pressures of November – Jane Cummings

As we prepare for the winter months and the demands they can bring for the NHS, nurses and health care assistants, we need to continue doing all that we can to avoid unnecessary re-admissions to hospital and eliminate harm to our patients and service users as we continue to strive to deliver the best possible […]

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Improving opportunities for black and minority ethnic staff – Jane Cummings

England’s Chief Nursing Officer shares her thoughts on diversity issues ahead of tomorrow’s ‘Breaking Down Walls’ conference: I recently had the honour of addressing 300 student nurses, new registrants and Care Makers, all at the early stages of their nursing careers. I talked to them about my personal and professional commitment to equality and to […]

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