Share your voice with the future

NHS England’s Director of Nursing looks ahead to the keynote speech being delivered at Expo 2015 by Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England:

This is an exciting time to be talking about what the shape of health and social care could look like.

We can take the opportunity presented in the changing landscape to think differently, take Expo 2015 as a chance to open up debate and discussion around how we can work more collaboratively and how we can continue to deliver compassionate and person-centred care in a changing environment.

For nurses, midwives and care staff this is even timelier as we come towards the end of the three year ‘Compassion in Practice’ strategy, and the end of the first year of the Five Year Forward View.

We have come a long way from the days when the ‘Compassion in Practice’ strategy was launched, in the environment of the Francis Report and the changing landscape of the NHS. The strategy has delivered, among others, the development of an open and honest care programme for maternity services, a barometer for organisations to gauge their culture of care, researched shift patterns and launched resources to raise concerns.

With this solid basis, and new opportunities opening up, I am looking forward to the keynote speech by Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, at Expo on Thursday.

As professional lead, Jane will be sharing how to engage in shaping our future vision to follow on from ‘Compassion in Practice’.

We have the chance to shift the focus from an organisationally-led strategy to one that recognises and embraces other clinical professions as well as those we work with, are supported by, and who experience and receive our care.

Through rounded debate and working together, we can think about what it is we want to see, what our priorities are, and think about developing a vision that provides a framework and gives us a direction of travel not just for the next five years, but the next few decades.

It is a big ask, but now is the time to take hold of the possibilities available to us and, as a profession, take ownership of our own role in delivering compassionate care and the core priorities of the Five Year Forward View.

I encourage you to get involved and engage with us.

Look out for Twitter chats and webinars via WeNurses and 6Cs Live! using #ourvision and email your views to:

It is your voice that will help us to shape this future and develop a vision that truly embraces all.

Hilary Garratt

Hilary Garratt CBE, BSc, MSc, RGN, RHV, PGCE is the Director of Nursing in NHS England and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England.

Hilary leads a nursing and midwifery team in NHS England that focuses on a number of national statutory functions and professional development priority areas.

She is a registered Nurse and Health Visitor with over 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS. Hilary has held a number of director posts and a deputy chief executive post in both Commissioning and Provision and has been working at National Director level for the last four years.

From 2013 – 2017 Hilary also volunteered for BBC Children in Need and was a committee member that undertook grant making for the North of England. She is also a trustee of a charity, “Giving to Gambia” and enjoys working in the Gambia for a short time each year as a volunteer to support initiatives that improve health and wellbeing.

Hilary worked in the Calais refugee camp in 2016 and witnessed the reality of individuals, living through unimaginable trauma. She saw children being lured into the hands of criminals for want of a better life and seeing this first hand brought home the sheer importance of the NHS and other organisations across the health and care system working together to protect the most vulnerable people in society.

Hilary received a CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to nursing, particularly her work to safeguard some of the most vulnerable people in society

Follow Hilary on Twitter: @HilaryGarratt.

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