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Putting you at the heart of Expo – Professor Jane Cummings

I am delighted to place a spotlight on a number of dedicated nursing and midwifery sessions that will take place at Health and Care Innovation Expo on the 5 and 6 September.

Expo provides an ideal environment for nurses and midwives to learn about the latest developments across the professions and to engage in debates about how they are leading change and adding value across the health and care system.

A wide range of educational, informative and interactive sessions will take place on the two main stages, pop-up university and theatre rooms.

On the main stage on 6 September, from 10:45am until 11:45am, I will lead an interactive session focussing on a major piece of work that I am leading to transform the perceptions of nursing and midwifery.

I will have conversations with a number of nurses and midwives, focussing on how we are collectively working to address national workforce challenges.

Dr Helen Bevan, NHS England’s Chief Transformation Officer will host the session and a number of our ambassadors will also share their stories and outline their journeys so far, working at pace and scale to challenge and transform perceptions of nursing and midwifery.

We will also welcome Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Head of Maternity, Children and Young People, NHS England and Professor Mark Radford, Director of Nursing for Improvement, NHS Improvement will focus on some key examples from the national retention programmes that he is leading.

I am thrilled that we will also be joined by the inspirational Christie Watson, a nurse and author, whose latest book has taken the country and our professions by storm.

At 1pm, a dedicated Leading Change, Adding Value theatre session will take place to showcase and quantify the work and leadership of nursing, midwifery and care staff.

This session will include partners from across the health and care system, including Tommy Whitelaw, our national patient/carer champion for Leading Change, Adding Value (LCAV), Susan Aitkenhead, Director of Nursing – Professional Development, NHS England and other highly valued partners co-implementing the framework.

It will touch on the recently published LCAV Atlas of Shared Learning, which will showcase over 200 case studies by the end of March 2019.  It details how the professions have identified the three gaps described in the FYFV, identified and addressed unwarranted variation and delivered the triple aim outcomes of better outcomes, better experience and better use of resources.

It will also showcase the commitment of LCAV to focus on evidence based research and highlight how far and wide the e-learning tool has been used and adopted as part of everyday training and development. The session will include a focus on three case studies, demonstrating how nursing, midwifery and care staff have led large scale change, including board level support.

I am also delighted that we will be hosting the annual Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards as part of the Annual General Meeting of NHS England on the 5th September at 4:15pm. As this year marks 70 years of the NHS, a fourth category has been created for 2018 to recognise and celebrate 70 years of compassionate care.

For the first time, the awards ceremony will be live streamed, enabling all staff to watch and take part. Finalists will be notified imminently but what I would like to say is that once again, it has been a real challenge to arrive at this year’s list of finalists who have all demonstrated expert care and compassion in all they have done.

Several other nursing, midwifery and care staff focussed sessions will also take place across the pop-up university area over the two day event, including:

  • Sam Donohue, Senior Nurse Manager for Transformation at Health Education England will share progress on the Nursing Associate programme and next steps.
  • Dr Matthew Jolly, National Clinical Director for Maternity and Women’s Health at NHS England and Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent will both lead a session on patient safety for all services learned from maternity improvements. A theatre session will also take place from 9:15am until 10:15am on 6 September focussing on local implementation of the Maternity Transformation Programme
  • Katrina Cooney, Chief Nursing Information Officer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust will also explore the cultural changes needed to support transformation to a paper free hospital.

Please do take a look at the online agenda and join the biggest event of the year to share your stories, examples of best practice and innovation. There will also be opportunities to engage with staff on the joint NHS England, NHS Improvement stand in the exhibition hall.

I look forward to seeing you there.


Professor Jane Cummings is the Chief Nursing Officer for England and Executive Director at NHS England.

Before progressing into general management, Jane specialised in Emergency Care. She has held a wide variety of clinical and managerial roles including Director of Commissioning, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive.

In February 2004, she became the National Lead for emergency care agreeing and implementing the 98% operational standard. She has also worked as the nursing advisor for emergency care. In January 2005, she was appointed as the National Implementation Director for ‘Choice’ and ‘Choose and Book’.

Jane moved to NHS North West in November 2007 where she held executive responsibility for the professional leadership of nursing, quality, performance as well as QIPP, commissioning and for a time Deputy Chief Executive Officer. In October 2011, she was appointed to the role of Chief Nurse for the North of England SHA Cluster.

She was appointed as Chief Nursing Officer for England in March 2012 and started full time in June 2012. Jane is the professional lead for all nurses and midwives in England (with the exception of public health) and published the ‘6Cs’ and ‘Compassion in Practice’ in December 2012, followed by publishing the ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ framework in May 2016.

Jane has executive oversight of maternity, patient experience, learning disability and, in January 2016, became executive lead for Patient and Public Participation.

She was awarded Doctorates by Edge Hill University and by Bucks New University, and she is a visiting professor at Kingston University and St George’s University, London.

She is also Director and trustee for Macmillan Cancer Support and a clinical Ambassador for the Over the Wall Children’s Charity where she volunteers as a nurse providing care for children affected by serious illnesses.