NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) have today released a new report highlighting how the role of nurses on a CCG’s governing body has changed over time, empowering them to make more of a difference for their local patients and populations.
It reveals how many CCGs are now employing full time chief or executive nurses with responsibility for the day-to-day running of an element of the organisation, usually quality, going far beyond the legal requirement for a registered nurse to sit on their governing body.
Through a series of case studies the report illustrates the impact that commissioning nurses1 are making locally, such as reducing rates of smoking in pregnancy, providing a voice for practice nurses and leading local service development.
The report also makes recommendations for national organisations and CCGs themselves on how they can support the commissioning nurse to be as effective as possible, which include:
* providing opportunities for support and development, both locally and nationally
* making sure the nurse is given opportunities to meet regularly with staff at all levels across their area enabling them to accurately represent their views in commissioning decisions
* setting realistic expectations as to what should be delivered, both from nurses in a lay member role and those who are employed full-time as executive nurses.
With this report, the NHSCC Nurses Forum3 highlights how the nurse’s role on the CCG governing body has expanded over time, with the increasing recognition of the benefits they bring to commissioning decision making. These benefits include providing a valuable voice for the patient while at the same time giving a critical clinical perspective. The Forum intends for the document to showcase the positive impact that commissioning nurses are making, and help both CCGs and national organisations to make sure that they are getting the most value from the role.
NHSCC co-chair and chief clinical officer of Blackpool CCG Dr Amanda Doyle said: “As the case studies in this report demonstrate, nurses on a CCG governing body are immensely important, playing a key role in driving the delivery of high-quality services, as well as acting as local leaders of the nursing profession. They provide a unique patient viewpoint while also bringing strategic clinical and practical insight into board level decision-making about how services can work better together for the benefit of their local people.”
The report also recognises the important role that the Chief Nursing Officer has in acting as a national figurehead, bringing the entire the nursing profession together. This is particularly important for commissioning nurses, given the historical lack of recognition of the impact that they can have on the delivery of health and care for local populations.
Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England said: “I welcome this report which rightly highlights the valuable work of CCG nurses and emphasises the key role they will have in improving care through commissioning and making the changes outlined in the new framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff – Leading Change Adding Value. “There are increasing opportunities for nurses to progress in leadership roles. Working together with NHS England, NHS Improvement and Health Education England, I am leading work to help us to support our next generation of leaders and this report highlights what a positive role nurses can have in CCGs.”
The full document ‘The role of the nurse on the CCG governing body’ can be viewed by visiting- http://www.westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/NHSCC_Role%2...