jane cummings

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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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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“International nurses day a chance to reflect on the changing face of the profession”, says Chief Nursing Officer

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, has today marked International Nurses Day by reflecting on the changing face of the profession. She said: “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 principle, […]

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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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First 6Cs Live! ‘week of action’ of 2014 kicks off

Nursing leaders are kick starting the new year with a ‘week of action’ focused on dignity, empathy and respect in nursing care. The fifth 6Cs Live! week of action (next week) includes the ‘Patient Experience National Conference’ with keynote speeches from Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, as well as Dame Julie Mellor, Parliamentary […]

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NHS England announces a further £150m to improve patient safety and care

Hospitals are to get a £150 million boost to help improve patient safety and help make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world. NHS England has worked with Monitor to adjust the price hospitals are paid to treat patients, in recognition that some hospitals will incur additional costs. They expect it to be […]

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