jane cummings

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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Independent report demands action on care of people with learning disabilities

NHS England will today (Wednesday) publish an independent report into the future care of people with learning disabilities. Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of charity leaders body ACEVO, was asked by NHS England to work with stakeholders and make recommendations for the development of a national commissioning framework to address the serious shortcomings in the […]

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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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Chief Nursing Officer goes toe-to-toe with health commentator

NHS England’s Chief Nursing Officer, Jane Cummings, has talked frankly about staffing levels, Parity of Esteem and how she cared for her husband as he died of leukaemia. She also outlined the importance of the 6Cs, how she manages her own Type One diabetes and how she first got into nursing during a candid interview […]

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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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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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