The newsletter includes information about forum steering group activity, but in the main we would like to use it as an opportunity for sharing good practice examples in the areas of work that senior nurses and nurse directors lead on.
This may include things directly relevant to nursing practice and education, but more widely may include information about approaches to CNST, healthcare standards, complaints management, diversity, recruitment - whatever you want to share.
Most items should be between 300-500 words - A short case study covering a leadership intervention, a clinical governance/quality improvement project, or a service development – although anything considered. So if you or one of your colleagues has something going on that you would like to share with the forum then please drop us a line.
Alternatively if there is anyone you think we should be chasing for an article on something you know they are doing drop us a line about that too: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is still a lot we can do together to improve the environment we work in particularly in relation to modernising our approach to staffing and career development, for existing nurses and young people coming into the profession. On page 10 Venessa Beverly and Jane set out the work they are doing together, surely best practice in terms of workforce planning, collaboration and working across boundaries. Not to mention the work Peter is leading on in strengthening Mental Health and Learning disability nursing page 17.
It has been some time since our conference has focused exclusively on the world of Learning Disability services but for all Trusts and organisations who are members of the Forum this is fundamental to the work we do.
Innovation, resilience and working differently could not be more important than in the current NHS climate, shortages in nursing and difficulties in recruitment and retention means we have to continue to think differently about the workforce particularly in shaping new roles and extending practice.