We set out to make this vital function visible and especially to set out some of the successes and challenges for the nursing and midwifery professions. We have had some great blogs, visits, webinars and twitter chats. Our focus on challenges included antimicrobial resistance (AMR), immunisation and TB. All big public health challenges where nursing and midwifery knowledge and practice has a major impact and where understanding the current issues and being mindful of health protection in our practice we can continue to impact in the future. To continue this work we have asked nurses and midwives and all with an interest in protecting health of patients and populations to sign up to our NHS Change day campaign.
Our campaign is entitled 'Protecting Health: Vital and Visible' and aims to make the invisible visible so that we can:
- Understand the importance of interventions at patient, community and population level to protect health and build resilience and use this to inform our practice
- Celebrate the successes in health protection
- Identify the main challenges and ensure that nurses and midwives are prepared for these – e.g., new immunisation programmes and the National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) strategy
- Ensure that nurses and midwives contribution to protecting heath is valued and supported
- Support all nurses and midwives in making the best possible contribution to health protection in all specialities and in all settings
I hope that you will all click and tick at our link to make your pledge! Protecting Health Campaign Pledge
I would like to thank all our partners in this week from professional journals, professional organisations and the health protection experts who contributed. And to thank all of you who contributed and took the time to read our blogs and to tweet your support.
When the dust settles we hope to aggregate our activity from the week and post it in an accessible format such as Storify.
We will also have some 'Indian Summer' activity on Monday to coincide with NHS Change Day.
Watch this space!