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New nursing strategy to be launched

Posted on Monday 8th December 2014
Gail Naylor

Gail Naylor with nursing staff

This week sees the launch of North Cumbria University Hospitals’ new nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals strategy.

The launch event this Thursday, 11 December, is the culmination of several months of hard work by members of staff and the public to set out clear priorities and goals for the next three years to support the delivery of safe, caring and responsive care.

The strategy has been developed through widespread consultation with staff, departments, senior management and leaders, a range of internal and external stakeholders, and our patients.

Together they have come up with five commitments for the next three years, under the headings:

  • Patient experience and involvement
  • Keeping patients safe
  • Consistently delivering high quality care
  • Courageous leadership
  • Create a great workforce

The keynote speaker at the strategy launch event will be Tommy Whitelaw, a powerful speaker and campaigner, who for several years was a full-time carer for his mother, who had vascular dementia. Also addressing the event will be Steve Jamieson, deputy director of nursing at the RCN, and Gill Harris, chief nurse for NHS England North.

Gail Naylor, executive director of nursing & midwifery, has led the creation of the new strategy, and is very excited to see it put in place. She said: “I have been delighted by the level of engagement and motivation amongst the staff we have consulted with as we have worked to develop our strategy. The ideas generated and the positive way in which this work has been received has been inspirational and I am full of excitement, hope and expectation as to what we will achieve together.

“These are challenging times for our organisation and for the NHS in general, but I am confident that all of our nurses, midwives and allied health professionals are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient care are at the heart of everything we do.”

The launch event, at the Castle Inn Hotel, Bassenthwaite, will also include presentations by members of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals staff.