I want to use this blog as a way of keeping people updated and getting your views on developments in nursing, midwifery and care. I want to highlight the vital roles nurses and midwives play in improving the public's health through the work that we do every day – from "making every contact count" through to specialist community public health nursing. I have been on some fantastic visits to see you work from clinics to construction sites and hope to be invited to more interesting health-promoting places.
Along with Jane Cummings, CNO based in the NHS Commissioning Board, I am leading on a new vision and strategy for nurses, midwives and care-givers and we would like your views - see ‘Developing a Compassionate Culture: Vision and Strategy for Nurses Midwives and Care-givers’.
We will be talking to many of you face to face and through professional and social media to get your views. The vision is built on the ‘6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, and commitment – and 6 areas for action in all settings. I have a particular lead for public health and for social care and look forward to making new contacts with nurses and care-givers in these sectors.
We are very interested in nursing and midwifery being enabled by good information and modern technology. A recent Twitter thread asked… imagine what we could do as nurses and midwives if we had technology to support practice that we have in other parts of our lives. The conversation highlighted some great thinking and practice. I'll be talking about them here soon
I'll also be sharing links and resources and would really appreciate your feedback. You can comment here, or on Twitter, so get in touch and share your views.
For Twitter people or those thinking of tweeting – I am @vivjbennett and it would be great if you would like to follow me.