Shared Decision-Making: putting collective leadership into practice

A core component and ambition of the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s (CNO) national Shared Governance: Collective Leadership (SG:CL) programme is embedding shared professional decision-making as ‘business as usual’.

Shared professional decision-making offers a collaborative, non-hierarchical approach to leadership which can empower staff to identify, listen, act and improve outcomes, experiences and use of resources across systems. It can help create and sustain a culture of excellence for people wherever they work, whatever their role.

The nursing and midwifery professions have been integral to the Covid-19 response; and as we move into the new ‘normal’ there are many opportunities for us to continue to strengthen and position our leadership across the sectors, and areas of practice where we work.

Shared professional decision-making offers a vehicle to help drive transformational change which, when underpinned by evidence-based policy, provides a strong collective nursing and midwifery voice.

To support this the first national CNO Shared Decision-Making Council has been established with a number of colleagues from the point of care. This council has come together virtually with Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England to discuss and debate the relevant professional, clinical and operational matters that are important to them and to their colleagues.

This is just the first of these Councils being set up nationally, and more opportunities will be following soon for others who are interested in being involved; structured in a non-hierarchical way and ensuring that everyone’s voice is listened to and contributes to the new professional direction of travel. If you are interested in finding out more about this work or would like to be considered to participate then please contact: england.1professionalvoice@nhs.net

“I believe that this is the new leadership model for today and the future, and with this in mind I hope we can work together as #teamCNO to grow our shared leadership mindset and voice.”

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England.