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North Cumbria Hospitals Trust welcomes England's Chief Nursing Officer

Posted on Monday 23rd February 2015

Left-right: Janet Crewdson (maternity manager for West Cumberland Hospital), Chris Bird (maternity manager for the Cumberland Infirmary), Jane Cummings (chief nursing officer for England) and Mary Atkinson (lead midwife)

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust was delighted to welcome Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England on Friday 20 February 2015.

Jane visited the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where she met with the senior nursing and midwifery teams from both Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital before going on a tour of the wards to talk to staff and patients. Jane visited the Infirmary’s maternity department and children’s ward as well as medical and surgical wards where she heard about the many improvements clinical teams have been working to achieve. Following the tour Jane had lunch with members of our staff where she had the opportunity to hear first-hand some of the great work our teams are engaged in delivering.

Becoming Chief Nursing Officer for England in June 2012, Jane published the 6Cs (care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment) and ‘Compassion in Practice’ – the national vision and strategy for nurses, midwives and care staff in December 2012.

After her visit to Carlisle, Jane said: “I very much enjoyed meeting the teams at the Cumberland Infirmary on Friday and speaking to a variety of staff about the excellent progress they are making despite the challenges they face.

“I met hard working nurses and midwives who are passionate about continually improving the care they are delivering which was fantastic to see. I was impressed by the initiatives the teams are working on including ‘team huddles’ to ensure the whole team is focused on ensuring patients receive the right care at the right time in the right place, being kept well informed of their plans of care.”

Gail Naylor, executive director of nursing & midwifery at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I would like to thank Jane for joining us on Friday, our staff loved meeting her and getting the chance to show her their departments. Jane’s visit was a real boost for our staff.

“I was very proud to hear our nursing and midwifery staff talk to Jane about the many improvements we have been putting in place. It was a real reminder that despite our challenges and pressures, there is a lot for us all to celebrate moving forward.”