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The Chief Nursing Officer for England previews her annual summit which will bring together more than 500 nursing and midwifery leaders, academics and patient representatives:
The 2018 CNO Summit, to be held at the Liverpool Arena and Conference Centre on March 7 and 8, will place particular emphasis on the importance of resilient leadership which I have spoken about in detail at several national events.
Leadership resilience is sometimes associated with managing events, incidents or change, yet leaders are met with challenges every day that can tap into their emotions and redirect their attention. This year we have seen a number of devastating incidents across the country and I would particularly like to highlight and thank those NHS staff who responded to the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, and the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower. Staff clearly demonstrated clinical expertise, compassion and commitment to care for all those directly and indirectly affected. Whether providing a front line service or managing the major incident, staff continue to amaze me with their courage and bravery.
A number of national and international leaders will be speaking at the Summit, providing wide ranging insight into the issues we face across the health and care system, stimulating debate to explore how we can work together to maximise our leadership to influence the design of patient focused services.
An impressive line-up of speakers include Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England; Annette Kennedy, President of the International Council of Nurses; Elizabeth Iro, Chief Nursing Officer for the World Health Organisation; Professor Linda Aitken, Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing; and Professor Brian Dolan, the Visiting Professor of Nursing, Oxford Institute for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research.
Over the coming weeks, a number of speakers from different organisations will be posting blogs, providing insight into what they will talk about, and demonstrating the importance of nursing, midwifery and care staff to deliver positive outcomes for patients.
Finally, you will all be aware of a programme of work I am leading with a number of national organisations to improve the image and perceptions of nursing and midwifery, which I spoke about at my Summit in March 2017.
In July this year, the NHS will turn 70 and in the lead up to and beyond the anniversary, we will be celebrating and showcasing some of the successes and achievements across our professions. At the 2018 CNO Summit we will have a dedicated session that will celebrate how nursing and midwifery has changed over the last 70 years and what we need our future image to look like moving forwards.
We will be running a parallel event as part of our image and perception of nursing programme at the Summit which will bring together hundreds of nurse promoters that will work with schools, colleges, parents and families in their local areas to encourage people to embark on a career in nursing.
I am looking forward to what we can achieve together and I can honestly say I am both proud and privileged to lead such diverse, committed, well- respected and trusted professions.
I would like to thank you all for your support and I look forward to seeing you at my 2018 CNO Summit.