Jane Cummings has called on the country’s midwifery and nursing staff to take a leading role, as the NHS adapts to the needs of today’s population.
Speaking to the country’s most senior midwifery, nursing, and care leaders, the chief nursing officer (CNO) for England made the statement.
She was speaking today (14 March) at the fifth CNO summit, held in Birmingham.
She said: ‘This is our opportunity, as senior nursing, midwifery and care leaders, to dedicate ourselves, as we do every day, to world-class care; to offer each other support, and to raise our sights above the day-to-day struggles.
‘And to celebrate our work, from bringing life into the world, to giving care at the end of life. Expert care and genuine compassion, from cradle to grave.’
In her speech she went on outline the challenges the profession will face over the next five years.
She also highlighted successes, including the launch of ‘Compassion in Practice’ and ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’, as well as promoting the value of diversity and developing new leaders.
The CNO Summit is an annual event bringing together midwifery, nursing and care leaders from across England to discuss some of the key issues affecting how care is delivered and to collectively design the future health and care system.
The summit continues tomorrow. For more information, click here.