Outstanding for caring NHS Trust welcomes chair and chief of NMC

17 June 2019

Future nursing standards was the main topic of debate with the chair and chief of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) at an “all ears” event hosted by outstanding for caring mental health trust CWP last week.

“I have been impressed by the rigour that the NMC has applied in developing its regulatory standards – in particular the joined up approach between mental and physical health,” said Avril Devaney MBE, director of nursing and therapies at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP).

“It was great to welcome both Philip and Andrea – on their first joint visit since they came to post – to listen to our nurses talk about their experiences in delivering care, in a variety of nursing roles in a range of settings. We also heard from those who receive care and our partners with whom we work to drive high standards.

“It’s been great to showcase the best of nursing practice but also demonstrate to our NMC colleagues how progressive and person-centred we are as a trust.”

Philip Graf, Chair of the NMC, said: “It was wonderful to meet so many great people from throughout the partnership, including trainee nurse associates and Lived Experience Connectors.

“It’s clear that their passion and dedication is making such a difference to the care that people in Cheshire and Wirral receive.

“I also want to thank Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for such a warm welcome and for providing a forum for such engaging discussion. Getting to hear first-hand how our work impacts on those delivering care and crucially those receiving it has been invaluable.

 “This visit was an important reminder that people must continue to be at the heart of all our work at the NMC.”

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, said: “It was a real privilege to visit Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to meet a team dedicated to providing person-centred care for people in their local communities.

“We had a great discussion about how our new education standards will better equip all nurses of the future with the skills and knowledge to care for the whole person. I was delighted to see the emphasis on supporting nurses to be an equal partner with other professionals.

“It was lovely to meet new nursing associate Alison and trainees Julie and Rebecca and see the difference they are already making in providing truly holistic care for the people they support. 

“The Trust has established the role of Lived Experience Connectors to support trainee nursing associates to really understand the experiences of people using services and support their learning and development.  I was so impressed by this initiative and everyone involved in delivering the programme.

“We also met people affected by our fitness to practise process which reinforced for me the importance of us progressing with our new approach.”

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