The Chief Nursing Officer for England calls on nursing, midwifery and care staff to help mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS:
This year nursing, midwifery and care staff have the perfect opportunity to celebrate 70 years of innovation and person centered care in our NHS and beyond.
And with our staff, we can shape the future and look forward to the next 70 years.
Never before has it been so easy for large numbers of people to share ideas, opinions, thoughts and resources. I encourage nursing, midwifery and care staff from across the country to join together and celebrate their achievements and innovations.
One of the ways you can do this, in part, is by blogging about the innovative, unusual and amazing work that you do and have done. It’s also about your future work and your contribution to the NHS over the next 70 years.
Whatever your role, wherever you work, now is the time to really embrace social media and to blog about how important your work is and what impact you have.
Blogging can really make a big impact on services with small changes often making a big difference, and this is demonstrated by the #EndPJparalysis social media campaign which recently went viral.
Led by NHS-trained nurse, Brian Dolan, Visiting Professor of Nursing, Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR), this campaign improves patient experience, and can help them to recover more quickly. It has attracted interest from around the world and can reduce the patient’s length of stay, valuing patient time.
Over the coming weeks, a number of webinars will take place to demonstrate the impact blogging can have on health and social care and to demonstrate how uncomplicated blogging can be. We will share details of the webinars and how you can join in – keep an eye out for a follow up blog!
I was interested to see a recent #WeNurses Twitter chat on blogging in nursing which explored the very subject of how to get the most from a blog. It was great to see participants sharing their thoughts on blogging, and some key points I noted were that blogs can inspire more nurses and midwives to share and connect. It can help us to share stories and provide a specialist viewpoint; promote self-growth and make our professions more visible.
As a nurse and a blogger myself, I encourage more nurses and midwives to blog as, quite simply, it provides a platform to showcase the fantastic contribution that our professions has made to healthcare over the years. Blogging is also a great way to showcase how nursing, midwifery and care staff are implementing Leading Change, Adding Value, demonstrating how they have identified and reduced unwarranted variation and delivered the triple aim of better outcomes, experiences and use of resources.
So, this is how you can be involved: my aim is to inspire 70 nurses and midwives whatever their role, wherever they work, to blog and to help raise the profile of nursing and midwifery and to celebrate the amazing achievements they have made over the past 70 years since the launch of the NHS in 1948.
You can set up a blog alone, or with some of your colleagues; it can be a guest blog on someone else’s website; and it can take the form of a written blog, a video blog or an audio blog. Blogs about an aspect of nursing, midwifery or care are welcome from existing bloggers and from those new to blogging – let’s care to share.
Together, we can provide an insight into the complex and vital work that nursing, midwifery and care staff do.
I look forward to reading the ideas, opinions, thoughts and resources shared in your blogs and to seeing #70nursebloggers and #70midwifebloggers become a vibrant resource for nurses and midwives who blog or want to blog.
The blogs will be referenced and used as part of our regional nursing, midwifery and care conferences on 3 July to help demonstrate the huge impact we have across the health and care system.
- Read more information about plans to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday, including how you can get involved.