Current challenges faced by nurses explored by ECPD
09 February 2015
At a recent conference hosted by the England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD), Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) suggested that ‘the health service profession needs fewer managers and more clinical nursing leaders at the front line’.
As keynote speaker for the conference, Building the Leadership Capacity of the Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Workforce, Dr Carter explained how new models of clinical leadership will help to tackle the challenges of providing high quality safe and effective care for the public. He said that healthcare leaders “…master the context of their mission, whilst mangers surrender to it,” suggesting that more clinical nursing leaders are needed at the front line.
Debra Teasdale, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, opened the conference celebrating the number of nurses that received awards in the Queens New Year’s Honours List.
Dr Sally Smith, Deputy Chief Nurse at East Kent Hospitals and Lindsay Stevens, Deputy Director of Nursing at East Sussex Health Care Trust also gave guest talks, sharing their experiences of being a nursing leader in the current NHS climate, highlighting the recent achievements in nursing.
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