Care England, the largest representative body for independent sector social care providers, has welcomed a new five-year nursing strategy officially unveiled yesterday.
The ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ policy, which was launched by Professor Jane Cummings, chief nurse for England, sets out a plan for the first time which clearly includes all registered nurses and care teams working in social care.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, said: “I welcome this strategy which clearly has a place in bringing together nursing and care teams across health and social care. The sector’s staff have for too long been seen as an unequal partner in delivering care and services to society’s most vulnerable. ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ at last recognises them as equals in that endeavour.”
The strategy focuses on three main themes: Health and Wellbeing, which is focused on prevention; Care and Quality, focused on reshaping care, safety and quality; and Funding and Efficiency, focused on addressing shortage through efficiency changes.
The plan sets out key actions for care teams, including agreeing to promote a culture where improving the population’s health is a core component of the practice of all nursing, midwifery and care staff and increasing the visibility of nursing and midwifery leadership and input in prevention.
It also promotes commitments in terms of training, high value care, research and the adoption of new technology.
Professor Deborah Sturdy, nurse advisor to Care England, commented: “This is an opportunity for the entire profession and care teams to come together and work with a common purpose to improve the experience for those in our care. The needs of people living in care homes are complex, and require an educated and highly skilled workforce.
“Having a framework which supports a common vision for all can help us all improve our practice, break down barriers between settings and stand alongside the NHS as equals and partners in improving outcomes for those we deliver care to everyday.”