Patients need more transparent NHS, says top nurse


The Chief Nursing Officer for England has called for further improvements in care standards and transparency and the creation of a culture of empowerment in the nursing and midwifery profession.

Speaking to over 450 health professionals and leaders at the annual Chief Nursing Officer’s Summit in Birmingham, Jane Cummings said that transparency is the key to driving improvements in standards of care.

‘We need to ensure that every single patient receives great care, every time,’ she said. ‘Failings such as those at Mid Staffordshire and Winterbourne View threatened patient confidence and challenged us all as professionals.

‘The response to these failings has been the focus of the health system over the last year with the overriding question being — what do we need to do to ensure this is never repeated?’

Ms Cummings also called for nurses to join the 6Cs Live! social media network, which was launched earlier this year) with the aim of creating the largest nursing social media network — from Board to ward — in NHS history. The 6Cs Live communications hub can be viewed here.

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