Created on September 25, 2012 by nursingtimes
Ended October 25, 2012
Total Votes: 441
Just to let you know that the Nursing, Midwifery and Care-givers Vision and Strategy can be found at: http://www.commissioningboard.nhs.uk/2012/09/21/nursingvision This is an engagement exercise so please take time to respond - we really want to hear from you. We have already engaged with over 600 nurses in developing the vision and strategy. Please let us have your views. Thank you.
The Nursing Midwifery and Care-givers Vision and Strategy and the 6Cs provides a clear vision and principles that are meaningful for all nurses and midwives and care givers. Energise for excellence provides a great way to think about how to make this real and promote a positive profile of nursing. It is simple and practical and we are using this as part of our planned visits to providers as commissioners.
I see the 6Cs as being the core elements for which all nurses, midwives and health care professionals have been employed to deliver, they remind us to deliver the care to our patients as promised.
The use of the 6Cs gives us a common narrative to describe what 'nursing' encompasses and what is required of all nurses and can be expected by all patients. I agree with Lucy's comment about really linking this with E4E in terms of implementation,
Beyond the engagement phase of developing the strategy, there is a need to be really clear about the wider communication and branding of the strategy and what the 6Cs are about. Our ambition should be that every nurse and member of the public should recognise and understand them
The 6Cs provide not only a way of describing behaviours that support high standards of care in all settings, but also they provide principles that can be applied to the preparation of nurses and all health care professionals.
The 6Cs are key principles that will help us to shape our behaviours. I can see how they can inform the Vision and Strategy. I can also see why this should be important for all groups of staff. Why are we limiting this to nurses and midwives? The challenge for us will be engaging staff at all levels and especially front-line staff to create the 'meaning' underpinning the principles to inform their everyday practice. The outcomes framework is helping us to focus on quality in its broadest sense. The principles equally apply to outcomes for staff (wellbeing) as well as patients and their families and caregivers.
The general aspirations of the 6C principles sound fine in theory but they are simply aspirations. Getting them implemented in practice is another matter. Evidence from the King's Fund indicates that patient experience is a key driver for good quality care, so the 6C's need to focus more on that. To achieve the necessary 'culture change' in organisations, Boards have to be more transparent about their performance. Expecting individual nurses to drive such change is unrealistic.
There is a need to also influence other staff behaviours and attitudes and this needs to encompass wider staff groups.
I really like the way the vision and strategy can be easily be transfered/considered by providers as a critical platform to influence their own Quality Strategy priorities.
Additionally, the outcome measures required for commissioners to drive quality could be an addendum to the document. Happy to help scope this.
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