Latest news from the Nursing Specialist Group.

Dame Phyllis Friend Award
The winner of the 2013 Dame Phyllis Friend Award was Lisa Henderson. Watch the presentation

Annual General Meeting
The next Nursing Specialist Group Annual General Meeting will be held online in late 2016. All BCS Nursing Specialist Group Members will be contacted with details on how to participate in the meeting.

New Vision for Nursing
Developing the culture of compassionate care: Creating a new vision and strategy for Nurses, Midwives and Care-Givers.

To be a nurse, midwife or care-giver is an amazing role. There is hardly an intervention, treatment or care programme in which we do not play a significant part. They provide care, health promotion advice as well as treatment for ill health. They support the people in our care and their families when they are at their most vulnerable and when clinical expertise, care and compassion matter most.

As our NHS helps people to live longer, care needs are changing, and our health and care services are evolving to meet these needs. What hasn’t changed is the fundamental human need to be looked after with care and compassion, by a professional who is competent and communicates well, by someone with the courage to make changes that improve people’s care and deliver the best and the commitment to deliver this all day, every day.

Over recent months, Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, and Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing for the Department of Health, have been talking to care givers up and down the country to start to understand what the new vision and strategy for Nurses, Midwives and Care-Givers should look like, and what values unite the profession.

They have now published their draft vision for the first time.

We want to hear your views on the issues contained in the document to inform the strategy for the development of the nursing, midwifery and care-giving professions.

This is a fantastic opportunity. You will influence the next steps we will collectively take to set a course for the nursing, midwifery and care-giving contribution to developing the culture of compassionate care and meeting health needs for the coming years.

All nurses, midwives and HVs are encouraged to respond. Its your strategy - please get involved!

Further information

Nursing Standard Nurse of Year for eHealth
For the first time the Nursing Standard Nurse of the Year Awards have an eHealth category supported by Vocera. Nominations are open until 31st October 2016.

This new eHealth award is for nurses that have successfully implemented new information or communication technologies that promote and facilitate the health of patients or enhance professional practice such as telehealthcare, software applications, decision support systems, internet or intranet to access health information and the use of mobile phones and portable devices. Entries will be accepted from the NHS and independent sector. Nurses can nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.
Further information can be found on the NS Award website