Four of the country’s most influential nursing figures including Professor Jane Cummings and Hilary Garratt from NHS England; Professor Lisa Baylis-Pratt of Health Education England and Ruth May of NHS Improvement, have joined forces to support vital consultation on the future of the profession:
Throughout the summer the Nursing and Midwifery Council has been seeking views on the proposed new standards of proficiency for the registered nurse.
These standards have been written in collaboration with a range of nurses working in different settings, and at different levels of seniority, from across the UK.
The changes the Nursing and Midwifery Council are proposing will result in a radical change to nursing education. As well as impacting on our profession for years to come, the changes will also affect our relationship with learners and our role in their education and training.
The changes proposed are in response to the unique challenges we face day to day in our different places of work. The health and care landscape is changing at an unprecedented rate and it’s likely that these challenges will only become greater as the population continues to age and the need for more localised care grows.
The knowledge and skills that are required from registered nurses today are obviously very different from what was required ten years ago, and will continue to change into the future.
As a profession we are routinely working in multi-disciplinary environments and, as part of integrated teams; we are working more closely with other health and care professional colleagues. This has naturally led to an increase in the complexity of tasks nurses are now required to do, and the draft standards the Nursing and Midwifery Council have proposed aim to reflect this ever-changing environment.
This is vital work that requires all of our input and it is important that nurses respond to the consultation so the Nursing and Midwifery Council can collect a diverse range of opinions.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council wants to future proof these standards, to make them fit for now as well as for the future. This is a key consultation for you and those nurses who will work alongside you in the future, and if you haven’t done so already please take the time to respond to the consultation here.
So far there has been healthy debate around the standards and they appear to be capturing what the public will need from nurses in the future. But this is only the beginning – it is important that we are all ready for these changes and the opportunities that they can bring.
As senior leaders and nurses working in different roles and different settings, we ask that you discuss the standards in your organisations and within your teams. We also ask that education providers and practice learning environments work in partnership, and give some thought to how things might potentially work differently over the next 1 – 2 years and feed that in to the responses.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council consultation closes on the 12 September, please make sure your voice is heard and help shape the future of our profession.
This blog was co-written by:
- Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, England
- Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing, NHS Improvement, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer and National Director for Infection Prevention and Control
- Hilary Garratt, Director of Nursing, NHS England and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, England
- Professor Lisa Baylis-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality, Health Education England